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Presents for trainer spinoff....what to give clients????

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  • Presents for trainer spinoff....what to give clients????

    Was just wondering if clients expect a gift from their trainer? I'm sure it depends on the relationship but what does everyone see as appropriate? Bottle of wine? Kind of what I was considering since it is easy to choose a nice case or two of wine and hand out to everyone...thoughts??

  • #2
    I don't expect a gift from anyone. My farrier gave me some nice organic soaps yesterday. Horse treats are always appreciated.

    A nice bottle of wine would be nice, but I'm really picky in that arena and wouldn't expect my trainer to spend that kind of money. The last time someone gave me wine, it was "two buck chuck". And this was someone who had been to my house and seen the big vinotemp.

    I think of wine as a pretty personal thing and tend not to gift wine unless I know the person's tastes really well. Call me a wine snob.


    • #3
      A holiday card.
      "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"


      • #4
        Agree with Velvet. A card.


        • #5
          A card, but with a personal message.

          You could say that you enjoy having s/he as a client. You could remember a lesson where there was a breakthrough that you both really felt inspired by. Or the first time they every did something special to them - cantered or jumped or showed. How much you appreciate the fact that they are * insert adjectives and adverbs of choice * when dealing with you or the horse or the other boarders.

          People will remember the warm words longer than a bottle of wine or something like that.


          • #6
            One thing I think is nice is to frame a nice photo of the student riding. I tend to take lots of pics at shows and in lessons of my students so can make them nice in photoshop and print out and frame them. I also, last year did a COOL calendar of pics thru webshots and gave them of my students it was a real hit!


            • #7
              I think a nice card and some horse treats are nice and appropriate.

              Perhaps something small and useful? I have developed a love of funny socks over the years, and I know a few others who like them as gifts. You can find whatever theme you want, they are useful and you don't have to think of where to put yet another knik nak in the house and then dust it, ...

              I have gotten really lovely gifts from my trainers in the past, but we had more of a personal relationship and really knew what each other needed/wanted. For example, I got dressage letters for my arena and side reins, I gave extra large bell boots and some collectible glass - not the standard fare, but we were both really happy.
              Horses should be trained in such a way that they not only love their riders, but look forward to the time they are with them.
              ~ Xenophon, 350 B.C.


              • Original Poster

                Thanks all, I appreciate the input. I am a bit of wine snob myself and had thought about the different tastes that some people may have. Don't need to break the bank on that! I thought about framed pictures but unfortunately we haven't taken any pictures ourselves and would have to pay for the professional pics from shows (~$50 a piece!) that was a little steep too especially considering some of the clients have multiple horses! I think I might go with a stocking full of horse treats and a personal card.


                • #9
                  I don't think clients expect gifts from their trainers. But if you have special relationships with your clients and you want to give and can afford to give- there is nothing holding you back.

                  I think a little stocking stuffer of horse treats and a card would be a nice touch. You may want to consider something like a ball cap, a saddle pad, or polo shirt that you can embroider or imprint with your business name. I am sure that your clients would be as proud to wear the items as you would be to give them to your clients.
                  "I'm holding out for the $100,000 Crossrail Classic in 2012." --mem
                  "With all due respect.. may I suggest you take up Croquet?" --belambi
                  Proud Member of the Opinionated Redhead Club!


                  • #10
                    Over the years I've given students:

                    -riding socks
                    -bran mash mix
                    -horse treats
                    -lead ropes
                    -himalayan salt block (this year)

                    Usually you can find a deal if you buy quantity and wait until a couple weeks before Christmas to purchase.
                    Savor those rides where you feel like a million bucks, because there will be those where you feel like a cheap date...


                    • #11
                      My wonderful trainer gives incredible gifts! Last year we all got director's chairs monogramed with our names and the farm logo. This year everyone got matching stable sheets monogramed with the farm logo. This is the only trainer I have ever had that has given ME a gift. Usually it has been the other way around. I am very grateful for my barn family!


                      • #12
                        another thought - brass nameplate for the leather stable halter, or bridle, or saddle?


                        • #13
                          I did have one coach who gave me a brand new pair of full seat breeches she'd bought in Germany (real leather, not the fake stuff we see nowadays--that for some reason we pay leather prices for).

                          Then again, she had more money than me.
                          "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"


                          • #14
                            My trainer this year gave me a polo shirt with the farm name embroidered on it. I was really touched. I felt that I really was part of the "team". She certainly did not have to do anything and I was by no means expecting it.
                            RIP Mydan Mydandy+
                            RIP Barichello


                            • #15
                              I would never expect anything at all from my trainer. Like many, she doesn't have money to throw around.

                              But I believe she's already given me the greatest gift of all. Many, many experiences that I would never be able to afford and a wealth of knowledge. That's the best gift I could ask for.


                              • #16
                                I definitely don't expect anything from my trainer!

                                Honestly, nothing could compare with her ability to see how I ride and realize what a great match I would be with my horse who she had fallen in love with when she got to ride him the previous year. He is absolutely the perfect match for me, and her ability to tell how well we'd match was worth more than anything she could spend money on.

                                That said, a round pen session when I can't make it out, or blanket for me one extra cold night/unblanket one morning (my horse isn't clipped, so I'm not part of the regular crew who gets done) would be fabulous. Any kind of horse treats would as well, as I clearly enjoy spoiling my horse.

                                Also? Hi, I'm a sap.
                                If Kim Kardashian wants to set up a gofundme to purchase the Wu Tang album from Martin Shkreli, guess what people you DON'T HAVE TO DONATE.


                                • #17
                                  I plan to give my students a nice photo of themselves (I hope I have one!)


                                  • #18
                                    I usually try to do something small for my students, last year was gloves and treats, this year its handmade monogrammed scarves. Nothing big or expensive, just something to let them know that I appreciate them!


                                    • #19
                                      I never expected anything from my trainers, though occasionally some of them would give us something small (more common when I was younger and at a barn with a bunch of barn rats).

                                      One year when I was about 10 or so my trainer and her only boarder got together to give both me and the other young barn rat handmade, unfinished wooden brush boxes. They were nothing fancy, but to my 10-year-old eyes, I could not have gotten anything better! I still have that almost 20 years later.
                                      Full-time bargain hunter.


                                      • #20
                                        As a client, I've gotten various pieces of equipment and tack, which were much appreciated, but TBH, I would really love to get a card which really said something appreciative and specific about my horses. "I really love to work with Dobbin because he tries so hard. And his trot extensions have improved amazingly since June!"

                                        A trainer who took the time to think about each horse and/or client, and come up with a special, specific, compliment, would really make an impact and certainly raise the holiday spirit! I'd keep a card like that in my memento box for years, whereas the tack, socks and wine would be lost to time.
                                        Ring the bells that still can ring
                                        Forget your perfect offering
                                        There is a crack in everything
                                        That's how the light gets in.