You will be handing over a very valuable item (your horse) to a complete stranger (a recommended trainer or one listed on craigslist) do you do a background check? I would. I would also have a credit check done on them just to make sure that they aren't behind on their bills and might sell my horse or skimp on the feed. Here is a link to a free criminal background check website. Criminal Searches
I would also make sure that the person giving my child riding lessons was not listed as a sex offender or even have one working as a stall cleaner at the barn. With so many good riding and training establishments out there why take a chance?
How to locate the horse trainer from hell
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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.