Unfortunately many families have no idea what horsey services are worth. Ha ha, you mean you don't wait till the shoes wear out?? Sadly, the Mom probably is under the impression that you were taking advantage of them. You were very kind, but no good deed will go unpunished. Put on your happy face as word travels quickly. Offer one of your schoolies to finish the month, or suggest turning the horse out, and giving the young lady a break during the cold weather.
While this is awfully entertaining, am I the only person that sees this as a very highly cynical way of thinking? I really like to see the best in people, and would never imagine this route as the first and primary one to take.
So as terribly funny as it is, isn't it terrible that you all assume and think the worst of people without even knowing them? That this is where you go with things immediately? That's what the world has come to.
It's sad that it's common for people to use public discussion boards to screw with the public. It's all a matter of opinion...others find it "mean" when they're lied to. And some find it "mean" if anyone points out that someone is screwing with you. All depends on the reasons people frequent this BB and the different personalities they have. I'm one to find the liars "mean" and am perplexed by people who judge those who point out tall stories. Especially since there have been numerous times on here where liars have screwed Cothers who try to help over. So I guess I'm a mean person too.
You jump in the saddle,
Hold onto the bridle!
Jump in the line!
aWp, I agree with others who tell you to not invoice anything and just cut your losses now.
I disagree with this. There is nothing wrong with giving a client an invoice with certain things marked "no charge" or cutting a price and marking it "courtesy discount".
While I agree that the mom may have friends saying "you pay how much?!?" to her, that's not OP's problem. OP's barn charges X. What barn Y charges is irrelevant.
It's kind of ironic that I'm reading this thread today as I just got done tearing myself a new one for letting a client do something that I should never let my clients do - won't happen again. Thank you for the reminder...
Most people don't need a $35,000 horse. They need a $1,000 horse and $34,000 in lessons.
"I don't have to be fair… . I'm an American With a Strong, Fact-Free Opinion." (stolen off Facebook)
to me,only way the invoice makes sense is if it includes half of the monthly board cost as a credit b/c OP was getting a free half-lease on that horse, to use in other lessons. The training rides and longeing were also partly to benefit her other students, since she said the horse was otherwise unsafe. I'd be curious what the OP's actual net 'cost' was, once you factor in the free lease.
Try to break down crushing defeats into smaller, more manageable failures. It’s also helpful every now and then to stop, take stock of your situation, and really beat yourself up about it.The Onion