Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
upnover, no, my horses lived in a turnout with a shelter. REGARDLESS, it all came down to management. I scheduled my best trained students for my first lessons, if it was Saturday, and I had 5 lessons to teach. They had a fresh horse, a "challenge," if you will, and I let them work for practice hours, so they would often stick around and help me prep for my other lessons. Providing riding lessons is a LOT of work. I found a niche in my community bc I noticed that stables would do lessons for a few years, then stop, then start again. I was consistant.
It's just like managing your horses by making it difficult for them to be hurt. For instance, everyone (now, horses in my backyard with stalls and a barn) stay inside when it's icy. All of my horses are used to me mucking out the stall while they are inside of it, bc of practice doing this. Honestly, I don't teach NOW bc I am concerned about a lawsuit should anyone get hurt, despite the fact that I could teach with my 14yo mare. Isn't anyone at these stables where the students are endangered by horses that cannot be stopped concerned about this?!?
DH, an attorney, is used to long winded clients and sometimes irate ones, mostly those that are assigned, "overflow" SA Criminal cases. It comes with running a business. Customers are customers and it comes with the territory. You LEARN how to give them what they believe they paid for, and keep them happy. Friendly, courteous and accomodating. Some call it "manners." Even if the customer ISN'T mannerly.
Lessons are not supposed to duplicate the backyard rider training on their own, where you get thrown then get back on. Yeah, you can learn to ride this way. Funny, the best horseman, those that are completing nationally/internationally, don't ask their children to learn that way. They train their children to ride the safest horses/ponies and compete in lead line classes first. Not a lot of children get thrown or hurt this way. I can't believe that it makes you a better horseman to have an injury in a lesson that keeps you out of the saddle for 3 months. =/