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    One of them is a graduate from my program and one...

    One of them is a graduate from my program and one is my assistant! They had a ball!
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    An excellent farrier and aluminum shoes do...

    An excellent farrier and aluminum shoes do wonders. Then proper flat work day in and day out to build the right body.
  3. I just bought Palace Caper which I love. Best...

    I just bought Palace Caper which I love.
    Best bad name ever: just got a new client. They didn't want to tell me his JC name but it's so awesome it's sticking- Chickennuggetnick. Yep.
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    I'm in the "you should move" camp. The only...

    I'm in the "you should move" camp.

    The only other option is to try and sit down with the parents and attempt to lay everything out in a non-confrontational manner. You would have to be pretty...
  5. Yes, BeeHoney. I personally don't "up charge"...

    Yes, BeeHoney. I personally don't "up charge" farrier visits because my board rate includes managing vet and farrier care. But that's me. I think as long as you are transparent it shouldn't be a...
  6. Okay so this is what works for us and I think...

    Okay so this is what works for us and I think it's fair to everyone:
    Our farm is a training facility. You pay board plus a minimum training package (our minimum is 8 lessons or training rides). We...
  7. I'm really confused by this thread. Boarders pay...

    I'm really confused by this thread. Boarders pay to have their horses at my farm. If they travel to shows that's an additional expense. As someone else stated, I don't have reduced expenses when...
  8. Well, how fabulous are you and your horse? You...

    Well, how fabulous are you and your horse? You say you have "a contender". If that means the horse is beautiful, is a good mover, a spectacular jumper and you, the rider, are stylish and deadly...
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    I hear ya! I've got several of these- very...

    I hear ya! I've got several of these- very successful show hunters that Will Not wear bandages.
    Ice- your best friend.
    Clay poultice. Put it on there and leave it over night.

    One horse...
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    Before I instituted the "Daycare for all" fee, I...

    Before I instituted the "Daycare for all" fee, I did try the "you won't be charged if you help" method. It was a pain. Did Susie skip out early on Sat? Which one went to the football game on Fri...
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    Back in the early days of my business I didn't...

    Back in the early days of my business I didn't charge any kind of "day care" fee. The clients "all pitched in". This is what that really looked like from my vantage point:

    *I made all the...
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    Your trainer is charging what it's worth for her...

    Your trainer is charging what it's worth for her to work the show. If you guys didn't help, then she would add in the cost of hiring grooms to pack, setup, clean stalls, etc.
    As a client, you...
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    You keep referring to this as a "fun" show. Keep...

    You keep referring to this as a "fun" show. Keep in mind that this isn't a fun show for your trainer. It's work. On her day off. Overtime. I don't think her rates sound out of line.
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    Why summer vacation? Maybe so kids have an...

    Why summer vacation? Maybe so kids have an opportunity to play, sleep, goof off , maybe get their first job like kids should. Oh wait, now they have summer reading because you know "Lord of the...
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    I believe that the purpose of education is to...

    I believe that the purpose of education is to teach basic skills to all of our citizens (reading, writing, math) in order to produce a healthy, thriving society. But more importantly, "Education"...
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    There's no excuse for the amount of homework my...

    There's no excuse for the amount of homework my high school students have. If they want to ride their horse in the afternoon and eat dinner as a family, they have to stay up past midnight to do...
  17. Wow. Just wow. Maybe I'm really old, but I think...

    Wow. Just wow. Maybe I'm really old, but I think it's really sad how we've lost the ability to have dinner parties. People don't know how to be a guest. I like to have dinner parties. I try to tailor...
  18. We had the same experience with the Pentosan!

    We had the same experience with the Pentosan!
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    Maybe I'm off base here, but I think that longing...

    Maybe I'm off base here, but I think that longing your horse when there are 4 or 5 riders trying to ride is bad form. As far as the chatting riders, could you not have asked them to keep moving so...
  20. I used monthly Adequan on my show horses for...

    I used monthly Adequan on my show horses for years. About 2 years ago, my vet suggested I talk to a representative from the company. She explained it this way, "The drug is designed to work with a...
  21. Heronponie, I'm always so tickled when people...

    Heronponie, I'm always so tickled when people assume that trainers are just nutty control freaks when they want students to use a certain farrier, vet, etc. It's call a "program". I can tell you...
  22. "Not liking ponies" in general should be a deal...

    "Not liking ponies" in general should be a deal breaker if you want someone to help you with your pony.

    As for the trainer Poo-pooing the clinician you like. Is there a difference in philosophy?...
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    I agree! And in addition to those course...

    I agree! And in addition to those course requirements, please make sure that you're Tough enough to stick to your guns when it comes to things like Pricing, Collecting Payment, establishing...
  24. Thank you so much everyone for the good...

    Thank you so much everyone for the good perspectives. I'm leaning towards a middle of the road approach. I will insure the show horses for Mortality and Major Med as those horses would need the...
  25. I agree with vineyridge. If it were me, I'd...

    I agree with vineyridge. If it were me, I'd consult a very, very good attorney. I would have my attorney contact the ex's attorney. If ex can be beat off, fine. If not I would settle to be rid of...
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