How much to pay for "free" alternative therapy session?
I have recently been offered some "free" alternative therapy, by an equine practitioner looking to expand their current services and get their licence in a new field. They are offering their services at a discount/for free if the horse can be used in a case study as part of a final project.
I accepted the offer (thinking what did I have to lose as it did not involve any serious physical manipulation) and brought $20 for the person as an "optional gas/time donation".
Problem is, the person stayed for an hour an a half (if not more). I had no idea! I sort of felt embarrassed I offered them so little. Although I am still undecided whether this therapy actually makes a difference (of any sort), I felt like they deserved compensation for their professional attitude and thorough explanation of my horse's physical abnormalities.
How much do I pay this person next time? It's supposed to be "free" with optional donations but I felt cheap only giving the person $20.
I suspect the person will be thrilled if you're gifting enough to cover gas costs - this is a requirement to the program & usually students are thrilled to have an accomodating owner & suitable horse to work on
If you want to pay more, look into local fees for similar treatments & offer 50% ...
I'd only offer coffee/tack shop gift cards IF the person is an ardent fan, oherwise I assume cash is always a better gift