After starting this blog only a few short days ago I was astounded to see how many visitors it got - just over 7K yesterday. Since I have an invisible statcounter on this blog I am able to see where the great majority of the visitors are coming from. It seems there are at least 7 message boards that have given this blog the tremendous amount of traffic. 2 of those message boards only posted concerns about a trainer's reputation being in jeopardy because of a blog such as this. To that concern I say this: This blog is not concerned about the reputation of any trainer, it is concerned with helping horse owners find a good trainer for their horse. Good trainers will have nothing to worry about because they have made no enemies and have conducted sound business practices when it comes to dealing with unsatisfied clients.
At this point I am wishing that horse trainers would have to be licensed to train horses much in the same way a doctor is licensed in their own state. The trainer would have to undergo a test, both written and with a horse. I would also like to see that they had a business degree as well. If a doctor screws up their name shows up on this website.
Speaking of licenses and permits - do you realize that the great majority of small time horse trainers do not have business licenses for their locale? They often do not have liability insurance for the horses that they take in for training too. Those are some questions you can bring up when you interview your next horse trainer.
How to locate the horse trainer from hell
Please read this first
If you are looking for a horse trainer and don't know who to avoid then just look them up here. Look under your location (if no location then just suggest one under any of the posts as a comment and I will add it ASAP) for horse trainers from hell and look at the comments. See if the horse trainer you are thinking about taking lessons from or sending your horse to has a tale from hell. If you have experienced a horse trainer from hell either a professional or amateur then let off some steam here and let the rest of the horse world know about them. Don't forget to name names. Please read this first before posting If the trainer in question disputes the claims they find on here then they are very welcome to post a comment too. Tell only the truth. Comments are only moderated to screen out ads for websites or "buy this or that" spam and for not staying on topic. General comments should be made under the "General Blog Posts" category.