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    We have had both school teams and a farm IEA team...

    We have had both school teams and a farm IEA team at my farm. My experience was mixed. From a business perspective, the IEA is a big cash cow for a lesson program. When we hosted a school team, we...
  2. I never said they weren't receiving lessons- just...

    I never said they weren't receiving lessons- just not lessons on my client's show horses or on my green, young horses. My point was that the expectation was that they would be getting lessons on the...
  3. First of all, a working student needs to be...

    First of all, a working student needs to be around enough to be a self starter. After spending a few days in the routine, they should get right to work with direction when needed. Tidy the tackroom,...
  4. I've really never had the working student thing...

    I've really never had the working student thing work out well for me.

    1) I need help when we're working- riding the training horses, organizing, tacking, bathing, etc- not when the kids are all...
  5. Save your breath. I wouldn't respond to her...

    Save your breath. I wouldn't respond to her texts except with a "Be that as it may, your horse needs to be gone by December 8th. Your finally invoice is ______. Please bring cash when you pick her...
  6. We were there showing a few weeks ago and I was...

    We were there showing a few weeks ago and I was very impressed...

    The show facility as it stands right now covers a surprisingly small footprint. I didn't expect that, but I feel like they've...
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    I pack feed and hay when we travel. We probably...

    I pack feed and hay when we travel. We probably feed more hay when we travel because the horses aren't on grass. I still have to pay staff at home plus add travel grooms. My mortgage, taxes,...
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    We have a "use it or lose it" policy....

    We have a "use it or lose it" policy. Lessons/training rides don't carry over. With our minimum package being (8) it's very easy to insure that our clients get what they pay for as long as they...
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    Our basic training package is for 8 lessons or...

    Our basic training package is for 8 lessons or training rides per month. Anything over that is billed individually. Horses at the show use "package rides". In other words, if the horse is at the...
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    Our basic training package is for 8 lessons or...

    Our basic training package is for 8 lessons or training rides per month. Anything over that is billed individually. Horses at the show use "package rides". In other words, if the horse is at the...
  11. I know that everyone loves to bash the Hunter...

    I know that everyone loves to bash the Hunter industry for gadgets and gimmicks and drugs and all sorts of horrible things. Here's a perspective from someone who actually has a lovely horse showing...
  12. As a teenager, I considered GWTW a romance. As...

    As a teenager, I considered GWTW a romance. As an adult, I see it as a tragedy. Both Scarlett and Rhett are such sad, tragic figures. What makes the book so interesting is that you don't...
  13. Yes you can get in the ring. The times are...

    Yes you can get in the ring. The times are posted per section. There won't be much sleeping. There are usually 2 schooling jumps set in the ring if you want to practice. The course is set after...
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    It's a trend people! Just like Jennifer...

    It's a trend people! Just like Jennifer Anniston's hairdo in the 90's. Only this fashion statement is seared permanently into your flesh. So not only do I find tattoos unattractive, but I think...
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    Well, you did ask.... I think tattoos are...

    Well, you did ask.... I think tattoos are hideous and tacky. What used to signify something really meaningful to a select few (such as sailors or soldiers) has become a common (and I mean common in...
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    Miguel, 1) You're not the norm. 2) You're...

    Miguel,

    1) You're not the norm.
    2) You're gonna do fine.
    3) Best of luck to you, my young friend.
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    Yes, Mia, I remember when the Hunters were...

    Yes, Mia, I remember when the Hunters were considered a "rich man's game" and the Equitation was the "poor man's game". I don't think that's the case anymore. In my barn, we've done really well...
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    I completely agree with supershorty and...

    I completely agree with supershorty and findeight. We are obsessed with Equitation in this country because kids want to be a star. There was a study that I recently read about which said children,...
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    The later posters to this thread seem to...

    The later posters to this thread seem to understand the situation better than many. It always amazes me that some clients don't really understand the whole "business" part of the equation. You...
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    Well, first of all, I think plenty of trainers do...

    Well, first of all, I think plenty of trainers do go the extra mile for talented youngsters. But here's the rub- lots of folks think that they are that talented, deserving individual who "deserves"...
  21. I agree with findeight. Unless you're going to...

    I agree with findeight. Unless you're going to be offering to buy or offer this horse a retirement home, you should MYOB. It sounds like these horses are well cared for. I take the position that...
  22. I think that talent as it pertains to riding is a...

    I think that talent as it pertains to riding is a "thing" that you have or you don't. Just like musical talent- a feel for rhythm and timing is essential. As in dancing- body control is necessary....
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    I just read the article, and I don't get the...

    I just read the article, and I don't get the controversy either. I thought it was well written and I got the sense that this rider was raised by horsemen who taught her to love the animals. She...
  24. If I were you I wouldn't discount the value of...

    If I were you I wouldn't discount the value of having an established trainer in your corner and yes, earning a commission on your sale. If you want to do this on your own, then you need to board the...
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    Add to that the "rental" mentality that is...

    Add to that the "rental" mentality that is becoming more and more common in the show world today. Everybody wants to lease, not own. Use the horse and send it back. Horse is getting sore? ...
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