A recent comment on the horse trainers post listed under Colorado prompted me to write this post. That comment dealt with the issue of sexual abuse of teenagers by male horse trainers. The number one thing a parent should NEVER do is leave their kids with a stranger and yes someone hired to train your horse or give your child riding lessons is a stranger. They are not friends but people offering a service for pay. These are not people you choose to hang out with on your days off, they are professionals, you are paying for them to do a service. You would not leave your toddler alone with the plumber while you went shopping so why drop your kids off at the horse trainer?
If the trainer goes out of their way to get you to leave the child with them while you go on a quick errand - THAT IS A RED FLAG. Also ask to see if the trainer has had a background check done on themselves since they teach children. Most states require sports coaches to have passed a background check and last time I looked, horseback riding is a sport.
To be safe run a background check on the horse trainer yourself. You don't want to find out that the horse trainer has a list of thefts or sex abuse in their past. After all they might also want to steal your horse too.
Lastly if you do find out that your child was a victim (like the comment under the Colorado posts) PRESS CHARGES! For heaven sakes don't let the scum bag continue to do this to others.
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.