To those who expect trainers to work permanent miracles:
Listen. I do the best I can to train in stages - I introduce and solidify the idea, then I try to keep the idea even when I ride a bit more sloppily, then I try to mimic your riding ability the best I can to ensure the horse still does what he's asked when you are aboard.
Listen, just because a horse can do certain things with me on board does not guarantee that you will be able to recreate it, it just shows what the horse IS capable of. For most this should be inspiring, and give you a sense of 'thank god, I could do it. Now let me get down to the learning of it.'
Listen. When I say that this is not a good idea and you reply "it's my horse, I'm going to do it" and my reaction is to get in my car and leave your farm, do you think it's a good idea to call me afterwards and say "I got bucked off, I want my money back?"
The answer is no. It is not a good idea. I am not going to apologize for my supposed incompetence and give you your money back.
To my readers: I apologize for being purposefully vague. I was going to attempt to write about bringing the horses back from SDEC and all the funny things that happened on the way home, but I am feeling bitter and upset. I am feeling taken advantage of and most of all, I am feeling like people should read the forms they sign. I love horses and I love my clients and I am the luckiest person in the world sometimes, but I think that makes the painful bits feel all the more personal and awful.
Have a video of ponies playing.