Originally Posted by futuredoctor
Still no response
Introduction to the world of a barn-owner/riding instructor:
-Muck out stalls, move horses to appropriate paddocks, pastures, arenas, and stalls for the morning
-drag the arena so it's nice and smooth for the lessons
- set up the arena with trot-poles, cones, jumps, dressage-letters, etc
- organize all the teenagers who volunteer to help towards lessons and push them in the right direction
- grab a quick breakfast - brush hair and teeth if time permits.
- be happy and perky while welcoming the first lesson group, assign their horses, help them find the right tack and put it on the horse correctly.
-give the lesson, including blowing on boo-boos, dampening egos to realistic levels, and give a quick disciplinary tune-up to the lesson-horse that bolted mid-lesson.
-Repeat the last point a few more times for the incoming other lessons.
-eat lunch - never mind that it's now 4:00 and the adult lessons are arriving.
-Hurry up and fix the hole in the fence.
-quickly check the smartphone for e-mails. Oh goody, there are only 73 of them, and only 40 are from parents who wonder why their 8-year-old isn't in a higher level in the upcoming horse-show. Your e-mail is in there somewhere, but she doesn't get to it because the phone slipped into the water-trough bending over to check a horse's legs that had tumbled and fallen over a jump.
-Gives a few evening lessons
- Feeds the horses and arranges them all into the right places and tucks them in.
-Goes in to say hello to her family. Asks to borrow daughter's smartphone to read the rest of the e-mails, but unfortunately a horse stepped on it yesterday.
-That horse that behaved badly. Go back out and do an evaluation and training tune-up.
-Crawl into bed. That shower can wait until tomorrow. Sigh.
The horses come first, along with the safety and welfare of the students and boarders, then they try to do everything else as well. Depending on the size and budget of the place you contacted, getting back to e-mails might take a while.
If I were you, I wouldn't wait for an e-mail response. I'd drive over to the place, introduce myself, and ask if it's OK to look around. If you like what you see, tell them you sent an e-mail and would like more information, please.