Is this abuse? or am I overly sensitive? (warning- ranting- really long!)
Ok, so I am using an alter because this is a VERY sore subject for me. So there is this big beautiful new barn that was just built across the street from my little farm, it was built for a VERY BNT. the other day I decide to go over and introduce myself, I have decided that I want to have a lesson once a month or so with a good trainer, and this one is definately over-qualified. Now I do level 2 and 3 jumpers at some big A shows with my gelding, and some eq, and have been riding all my life, so by no means am a beginner in terms of horse knowledge. I am thinking, scope out the situation, maybe I won't have to trailer far for my lessons!
Anyway, I get there, and the assistant trainer/rider who looks to be 16 but is probably 22, is riding a STUNNING stallion. She informs me BNT is in Europe buying horses, but she can help me. the stallion, annoyed at being made to stand, starts pawing, then hops off the ground, a little mini-rear. SHe, mid-sentence, turns her crop over (its a big one) and BEATS him in the top of the head. he takes off, she halts, and walks back over to me. she tells me, he is a five year old and at the last show after the first round but before the jump off he decided he didn't want to play, and just stood in the corner rearing and the BNT couldn't do anything about it but dismount. SO while Mr. Trainer is horse-shopping this girls job is to "fix" the problem. As she is telling me this at least two other times the stallion barely raises his head and she wacks him HARD in the head and cheek, after each beating he gallops around the arena wildly. he is SO sweaty and I say "he looks tired", and she says "he should be, he was on the walker all night in the bitting rig." So anyway, I said nice to meet you and left.
Sorry this is so long: This is my question: Do you think my gut feeling (disgust) is appropriate? or, do you think for a really bad rearer these are okay "training" methods? I hardly saw anything dangerous from the colt, but maybe I was seeing him being really really good. I can see why such a young stallion could be dangerous if he wanted to, it just didn't seem like it to me at the time. And, do you think its weird that the girl who I just met was so open about this horses problem, and her training?