You see, I started Ozzie all by myself. I was pregnant and working him in the round pen. I saddled him, I did everything. I was so proud of my little horse. We even took him a few different times to ride at a local arena. So, off Ozzie went to get a quick jump start into some western pleasure training.
Ozzie has been with the new trainer for two and a half weeks. I went on Saturday to go and watch the trainer ride him. He told me that he had been riding Ozzie in a shank bit, which I think is way too big for a colt. And then he went on to tell me all sorts of other things. Here are some things that the trainer said to me. Tell me what you would say back to him?
"Not to sound rude but this horse was not broke. You were brave to have ridden him." My thought to this was, jerk, Ozzie was going fine.
"You know how long it took me to get this horse to walk slow in the round pen?" My thought to this, you are a loser trainer, I worked my butt off with that horse in the round pen. I can get him to walk slow with no problems at all.
"You don't want to pull his mane. We can show him at an APHA show in a pleasure class with his mane long. We will just take some junks of mane and band it and then band it again." My thoughts, Are you stupid. I will not have my horse look like an 80's biker. We will be laughed out of the arena. I refuse to go to even an open show with out my horse banded and with a thinned mane. He obviously hasn't been to any APHA or AQHA shows lately.
"Don't you dare take a single picture of me or I will load your horse up right now and take him home. I am serious!" My thoughts to this, Are you stupid or just wanted for some horrible crime? He was being serious too. He asked Mr. Cowboy to come and take my camera away from me.
Then there were a bunch of other things he said. He rode my horse in the round pen and all he did was walk. He went on and on about how he had to fix all sorts of things. Which I was watching him ride Ozzie and I didn't see anything new. Ozzie and I were doing all that he was doing. Below is a picture of Cowpokette on Ozzie with my "trainer".
Then my "trainer" came out to the barn where I go to ride Chip. He brought Ozzie along for a little ride. Again all he did was walk Ozzie around and do some bending and that was it. Then the trainer had me get on Ozzie and went on about how I can't ride. I then was telling him how sometimes my feet fall asleep in the stirrups and maybe it's because I have poor circulation or something. He then said, "No, it's because your legs are fat." At this point I was a bit mad. He had said some other things too but I am not going to write them because it would take me way too long to do so. I then like the kind lady I am, took my feet out of the stirrups and flipped the jerk the bird and walked away from my horse. Sorry Dad, but he deserved it. I at least kept from telling him off.
It's aggravating because I am paying him $600 a month plus feed, and he is giving me attitude. He also said he was going to have to charge me more a month because I can't keep my mouth shut while riding. Sorry if I ask questions and I don't ride exactly like he does. My goodness. He is a really good rider, but boy does he have the worst bedside manners. He can't deal with people. I think that will not get him anywhere in this world with any horse people. He is going to get some clients that know nothing and have to teach them how to ride. Oh I would love to see that happen. He would have a mental break down. He was yelling at me and I was trying hard to understand what he wanted me to do. I am excited that my horse is doing so well, but I could do with out the bad attitude the man has. I want to keep Ozzie there a bit longer, but I am not too sure I can take his criticism. It is his way or no way. Sigh. Mr. Cowboy says that Ozzie will leave as soon as the 30 days are up.
I don't know, but I do know Cowpokette had fun riding Ozzie. Well, she sat on him and wanted a ride, but she isn't old enough to go faster than standing still.
I wanted to send Ozzie to a good western pleasure trainer, but knowing how Ozzie is not really "beautiful", like a lot of those show horses are, I didn't want to waste the big name trainer's time with my little gelding. All I wanted to do was show Ozzie at some open shows and then maybe letting some of my cowpokes ride him too.