Yesterday i was at a dressage show, chatting with a 'trainer' who I know, but never trained with. Was telling her who I was working with, and she made a snide comment. Not what I would expect, but, well, some people are petty.
So, today my little girl had another session ground driving. We talked about something they wanted to try with her. And, my trainer, as she always does, says you need to be comfortable with it, this is how it works, the vast majority of horses figure it out and settle in, the odd one will freak out. So, if you don't want us to do it, no biggie, if you do, there's some risk, as there always is.
To me, *this* is the way a professional should be. Every time we try something different with this mare, she explains what it is, why she wants to do it, how it works, and what the risk is. So I can make decisions on what we do. It also protects her, she's told me what could happen. Now Maggie takes everything pretty well, so I'm pretty okay with whatever we do, but I also know that I could say no, and there's no harm, no foul.
Interestingly the 'trainer' I spoke of, she trained with my trainer years ago. And there was a horse that she worked on that is now at our barn. The horse is now back on track, but I can't say good things about the work he had before he got there. I think that the lack of professionalism she showed in her comment is a sign of her professionalism in the saddle and on the ground.
I'd sure rather work with someone who works with the horse I have, regardless of her talent or price, and me, regardless of my talent too. Makes me appreciate my trainer even more! Plus she's a brilliant trainer and rider!