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  1. Cross post from H/J: Trainers/Instructors--how do you set pricing for your lessons?

    I am curious how other instructors decide how to set their lesson prices and/or when to raise them.

    I am particularly interested in thoughts from those who work as independent contractors and pay...
  2. mvp--THANK YOU for such an insightful reply. Very...

    mvp--THANK YOU for such an insightful reply. Very much appreciate it.

    I am the independent contractor instructor in this scenario. My current rate is average for the area, maybe on the low side...
  3. Trainers/Instructors: How you do you set pricing for your lessons?

    I am curious how other instructors decide how to set their lesson prices and/or when to raise them.

    I am particularly interested in thoughts from those who work as independent contractors and pay...
  4. Selling horses--how do you handle out of state buyers?

    I am curious as to how everyone handles potential buyers who have to travel to try a horse you're selling, either driving or flying.

    If someone wants to fly/drive in and try a horse, how long do...
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    Another question about out-of-town buyers--what...

    Another question about out-of-town buyers--what do you consider to be a reasonable timeframe is for an out of town buyer (flying in) from original interest to vetting to shipping the horse?

    For...
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    I am curious--for those who have shown horses to...

    I am curious--for those who have shown horses to out of state buyers, how long do you "hold" the horse for them while they make travel arrangements? A week, 2 weeks......? How do you handle that?
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    As a trainer with a small lesson program, I...

    As a trainer with a small lesson program, I struggle with this as well, particularly the issue of showing off the property. We would like to provide as many opportunities to our students as possible....
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    Thank you so much!

    Thank you so much!
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    Thank you!

    Thank you!
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    Bumping up in case anyone else wants to chime...

    Bumping up in case anyone else wants to chime in.....I went out over the weekend and sat in a bunch of saddles. None of the Toulouse models were forward enough, nor the Prestiges models that I...
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    Confo shot: ...

    Confo shot:

    http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb120/lilyfilly1/Tessconfo_zps4aaac75e.jpg
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    Thank you all for the suggestions. I don't have...

    Thank you all for the suggestions. I don't have any pictures of her back but I will try and remember to take some. The last time I purchased a saddle, the options were few as to what would fit the...
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    I don't think she's got a huge shoulder, but it's...

    I don't think she's got a huge shoulder, but it's certainly bigger than my TBs. She's round but not terribly so--never had any issues with the saddle rolling or anything. She has a small wither. I'm...
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    Jump saddle suggestions for a QH? pic added

    Looking for recommendations/suggestions for an average-shaped QH. Rider needs a pretty forward flap due to a long femur. Current saddle is an 18" forward flap Frank Baines Reflex that is way too...
  15. Thanks! I understand completely the affordability...

    Thanks! I understand completely the affordability issue. I grew up taking one lesson a week--no leasing, owning or showing--because my parents could not afford it.

    I just struggle to explain to...
  16. From lessoning to leasing/owning--looking for insight from trainers, parents, etc.

    I am looking for different perspectives on transitioning the one/twice a week lesson rider into leasing or horse ownership.

    As a trainer with a small lesson program, I am limited to what I can do...
  17. I have a freakishly long thigh according to my...

    I have a freakishly long thigh according to my saddle fitter. I also had a very hard to fit TB gelding. I bought a custom Frank Baines Reflex for $3,200. Forward flap, 18', wool flocked, etc. Love...
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    When my gelding had a splint bone removed, his...

    When my gelding had a splint bone removed, his schedule was:

    late July--surgery
    August--stall rest and handwalking
    September--turnout
    October--started walking under saddle, slowly increasing...
  19. Keep upping the amount of Ace. Some horses will...

    Keep upping the amount of Ace. Some horses will develop a tolerance and you will need to increase it as you go along. You might also need more depending on the weather, the time of day, amount of...
  20. Camelot Farm in Oswego does a schooling show...

    Camelot Farm in Oswego does a schooling show series over the winter.
  21. blame the champagne--yes, the more I read about...

    blame the champagne--yes, the more I read about neck arthritis, the more I question if that could not be the root of all of her issues. The arthritis was disclosed prior to my purchasing the mare...
  22. We did decide to start Pentosan a few weeks ago...

    We did decide to start Pentosan a few weeks ago but.....can't get it now. I do have access to vets who do chiro and acupuncture, so those are options.

    I would LOVE to contact her breeder but I...
  23. alto--the abdominal wall issue never resolved per...

    alto--the abdominal wall issue never resolved per se....I spoke to multiple vets and the opinion was--the muscles should be strong enough to hold everything in even though the fascia/tissue had...
  24. Thank you to everyone for your thoughtful...

    Thank you to everyone for your thoughtful replies--they are extremely helpful and very much appreciated.

    Blugal--I do have access to other horses and I have been riding this year. However, I am...
  25. bornfreenowexpensive--thanks for sharing your...

    bornfreenowexpensive--thanks for sharing your experiences. I am currently lucky enough to be in a private boarding situation where we can manage the mare to her liking, which we have been doing.
    ...
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