With all do respect I think you should have hired yourself a LEADING trainer and stayed out of the barn and let the guy make you money.
What kind of operation was your training running having his owner cleaning stalls and bathing horses? Didn't he have any grooms to do the rubbing or were you trying so save money by doing it yourself. That's no way for a trainer to run a stable, having his owner work like a groom.
I would never allow an owner in my barn who wanted to work as a groom and tell me where to classify horses and how I should train the horse or rig the horse. This may be one of the reasons you were out of the business as an owner for some time now.
Can you send me a copy of your book COD? I want to read this book it must be interesting.
For years my horses were trained by a leading trainer, and it was there that I learned basic horsemanship. The private stable was something I did for my own enjoyment after I took early retirement.
As can happen in this business, some years were good, and some were bad. One year we won 28% of our races and finished 1-2-3 with 50%.
I haven't been out because of anything that happened with that stable. I'm not going to bother with the details, but i got out after being involved in a lawsuit (which was settled out of court in my favor) with a leading auction house, one of the country's leading trainers and some of his owners. I won, but i was fed up with the fraud and bullshit that goes on in this business, so I got out.
By the way, if you seriously want to read my book, send me your address, and I'll give you a free copy.