Here’s a nightmare scenario. Your trainer calls to say the horse you have in training has died. You go online to look at horses and discover . . . . your horse!
It turns out this actually happened to a woman in Ocala, Florida. She gave her horse to Baltazar Galvan to train. Galvin told her the horse had died but she found the horse online and was able to identify it using markings and registration papers. It turns out Galvan had sold her horse for $10K. That’s a nifty way to make some extra cash.
That’s a good reason to microchip your horse if you’re going to send him out for training. And, a reminder to check the trainer’s references!
I’ve always been amazed by how many people send their horses out for training but aren’t able to check on them periodically. I’ve never had a horse officially in training. I’ve had trainers give a few training rides and I’ve been there to watch because I wanted to better understand how they rode. However, I’m a big fan of regular visiting and a few unannounced trips if you have your horse at a barn for training.