Trainers Should Be Careful of Their Behavior
I attended a show this weekend and witnessed a situation that I have seen in varying degrees at many shows that I have attended over the years. This particular situation however was particularly disturbing and it really irked me.
I was watching the older Amateur division and was standing near the in gate. A really fancy horse (with a pretty novice rider) started on course and throughout the entire thing, I listened to her trainers mumble "Oh, there she goes again" (Took her leg off and chipped) and ""Oh, my God" (When the horse broke for two steps.) At the end of her round, her trainers glared at her (did not clap) as she walked out of the ring with tears streaming down her face. It was very clear that she was very shaken up but that didn't stop the female trainer from jumping all over her.
It is a good thing I am not shopping for a trainer because if I was these two wouldn't be on my list (and they are pretty BNT out here) I feel that it is so important for trainers to be supportive of their customers. Supportive doesn't mean they can't give constructive criticism but it doesn't give license to be cruel.
People are watching and take note.