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post #1 of 13 Old 04-20-2012, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Riders Needed ASAP!

My riding instructor for my jumping lessons "where I keep my horse" needs students ASAP! Her husband doesn't help out alot with her 14 year old Triplets and she is looking money because her previous students have moved... Please help her out so she can keep her horse owning dreams alive... We are in Middletown, MD we will take students from all over. Private lessons are $40 and Semi-Private "2 students" $35
She has programs for Adults too! :)
She needs your help to keep her farm "Hidden Creek Stables" alive!

Please contact me for more information or if you are interested, Thanks

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post #2 of 13 Old 04-20-2012, 03:30 PM
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It's nice that you're concerned for your trainer, but I hope she hasn't been troubling you with her life problems.

It's not your job to drum up business for her, and she shouldn't be telling you her personal or professional issues.

Does she know that you've come on a message board and are begging for people to throw money her way? She might not be very happy with you if you're airing her dirty laundry in public.

If she needs clients, she should be advertising at all of the local equestrian places and in regional magazines. This isn't your burden to bear; you're her student, not her business manager.

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post #3 of 13 Old 04-20-2012, 03:47 PM
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Speed, she may also be her friend. This sounds like a kind hearted gesture. My trainer is also my friend. I'd do the same for her if we had been discussing financial problems and her losing her business.
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post #4 of 13 Old 04-20-2012, 03:52 PM
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That's entirely possible Let, but I get the feeling Flash is a lot younger than her trainer. In which case, this woman shouldn't be burdening a youngster with her professional and personal problems.

I especially don't like that she's been complaining about her husband to her student. Personal issues need to stay between the parties involved.

I'm very serious about the trainer doing proper advertising. Begging on horse boards is extremely unprofessional, and maybe I'm just contrary, but I'd never take lessons from someone who's trying to use emotional blackmail in order to garner income.
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post #5 of 13 Old 04-21-2012, 03:11 AM
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I agree with Speed, I think the trainer could well be quite unhappy with how this information is being presented.

I'd much rather hear about her qualifications as an instructor, her experience etc than her personal problems. Barns are notorious for being drama filled as it is, and I'd rather not go to one with the heads up that there is drama there.
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post #6 of 13 Old 04-21-2012, 01:38 PM
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I'm very serious about the trainer doing proper advertising.
It's interesting but neither of my trainers does advertising really. Because there is no need - both of them are awesome and well known in area, so people (students) spread the word. When I was looking for the trainer (I don't trust just advertising, because words don't mean much in many cases) both were recommended to me by bunch of people on this forum as well as COTH. I think number of students depends a lot on qualifications of the trainer and success of the current students.

I don't have a problem with people advertising their trainers (I brag about both mine all the time and very happy to share info (and I did via PMs)), but yeah, I haven't seen the one yet to consider using a certain trainer just because she's not in a good financial situation. Not a right "ad" for the trainer frankly, but I'd say rather opposite (Flash, no offense, I do understand you just tried to help).

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post #7 of 13 Old 04-21-2012, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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My student can't advertise and all her student currently are backing out. Yes, she is my friend. She asked if I could post some stuff on here and on homeshcool sites that I know of. She has posted on other sites, but needs more help. And I do want to help her out alot, becuase it's where I keep my horse, and where I train. Without her I wouldnt have met my horse" previously her's" my profile picture is my horse" and I would not be able to ride. Her lesson prices are low and she is the only reason why my horse dreams came true So please help out.

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all her student currently are backing out
I have to wonder why that is?
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post #9 of 13 Old 04-21-2012, 09:10 PM
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Try posting on Craigslist.
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post #10 of 13 Old 04-22-2012, 10:38 AM
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My student can't advertise and all her student currently are backing out. Yes, she is my friend. She asked if I could post some stuff on here and on homeshcool sites that I know of. She has posted on other sites, but needs more help. And I do want to help her out alot, becuase it's where I keep my horse, and where I train. Without her I wouldnt have met my horse" previously her's" my profile picture is my horse" and I would not be able to ride. Her lesson prices are low and she is the only reason why my horse dreams came true So please help out.
Flash, what some of us are trying to say is when you try to advertise your trainer you should go with something like "My trainer has some new openings because some of the students moved out of state. Her fees are very reasonable, and she's great at teaching jumping (dressage, reining, saddleseat...). Her students compete at all levels successfully and get ribbons. Blah-blah-blah...." (whatever the real qualifications of the trainer are, no fake ones). That's how you truly advertise/recommend the good trainer. As long as you say something like "my trainer's financial situation is tough, so she's in search of new student" it does absolutely opposite - immediately backs off people. All of us taking lessons (or paying for our kids) want to pay for the quality, not to help someone out.

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