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        12-01-2010, 09:11 AM
      #31
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by myhorsesonador    
    Just so you know it is illegal to train people with out a licence or proper insurance. Just some thing to think about.
    Do you have the law where it says that it is illegal to coach without a license? I am sure lots of coaches don't have a license to teach. I don't think either of my coaches have certification of any kind. The coach I had in high school definitely didnt have any certification....she only had one horse, and only had 3 to 5 students.

    A few Advanced students at my barn do not have any certification, but they teach beginner classes, and are competant enough to do so.
         
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        12-01-2010, 11:07 AM
      #32
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by VelvetsAB    
    Do you have the law where it says that it is illegal to coach without a license? I am sure lots of coaches don't have a license to teach. I don't think either of my coaches have certification of any kind. The coach I had in high school definitely didnt have any certification....she only had one horse, and only had 3 to 5 students.

    A few Advanced students at my barn do not have any certification, but they teach beginner classes, and are competant enough to do so.

    I didn't think it was illegal to train without a license or insurance. (I'm not sure though) But you should really have insurance...you can get the pants sued right off of you.

    About the website...It's not consistent. For instance on the contact page you use two different style fonts. I also think the colors are too dark and it's kind of gloomy looking. Maybe put some nice borders on the pictures...try and spruce it up a little. Also I think you should change the red font on the goats page to a different color. Usually red signals danger...plus there is no other red on the website anywhere.
         
        12-01-2010, 12:14 PM
      #33
    Green Broke
    Good job, overall the useability is good and the information is sufficient. I love the picture of your horse with the dog sitting on him, so cute! Just a couple of points for you:

    General:

    Homepage: I would make the 'Laural Lake Farm' title bigger and clearer so that it is the focal point of the home page. Right now it looks like a caption without a heading.

    Agreed with ErikaLynn that the colours are a bit dark. You are setting the mood here with your website, be sure that it is the mood you WANT to set!! The grey is great but there is too much of it, perhaps adding in some blue or green to add some life to the site?

    Specific:
    1.) On the "Homepage" you have a sentence that reads "Our Boer goat bloodlines include of the following..." Re-word this so it makes more sense, do you mean "Our Boer goat bloodlines include some of the following...?"

    2.) On the "Contact Us" page you have a sentence that reads "We acquired the farm in August 2008, and clearing the land ourselves has been quite a long, though worthy, process" Awkward to read and a little gloomy, consider re-wording. Perhaps "After acquiring the farm in August 2008 we commenced the arduous task of clearing the land and are proud to see the results of our hard work today..." Or something similar that is more upbeat.

    3.) On the "Helpful Links" page under Dixieland Acres - you have 'we bough Dee...' Add a 't' so it reads we 'bought'

    4.) On the "Horses" page, be consistent with full stops after the horse descriptions.
    2001 dapple palomino Quarter Horse gelding.
    1986 palomino Quarter Horse gelding
    2000 palomino Arabian gelding
    1998 fading black Icelandic mare.

    5.) On the "Pony parties" page, you have a sentence that reads: "Since Laural Lake has veratile horses" Change to "versatile".

    6.) On the "Goats" page:
    "Conformation, temperament, and blood important" Re word.
    " and how well the place in shows" Add a "y"
    "Sweet feed and a pellet mix is what I use (Purina Goat Chow x Purina Noble Goat)" Change from first person to third person to maintain consistency.

    7.) On the "Poultry" page: "we get quite a few eggs per day" This sounds very unspecific! Surely you must have an approximate number you could put in! Something to make this statement more exciting like "with over 30 hens we have up to 100 eggs per day!" Or 50, or 30 or whatever, a number sounds more professional than "quite a few".

    Also: " These four are just pets, and we are hoping to have geese eggs some time!" Take the comma out or take the "and" out. Either "These four are just pets and we are hoping..." Or "These four are just pets, we are hoping..."

    8.) On the "For Sale" page you have a sentence that reads "Deposits are good for 30 days" Reword - unprofessional. Perhaps "Deposits are valid for 30 days"

    Final sentence reads: "And don't forget to contact Amanda for unprovided information, or set-up dates" Awkward sounding, try not to start sentences with "and"!! Perhaps "For additional information or to organize a viewing, please don't hesitate to contact Amanda..."

    Sorry about all the different fonts, you can tell I was copying and pasting from your website hey?

    Good luck with your endeavours!
         
        12-01-2010, 06:43 PM
      #34
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ErikaLynn    
    I didn\'t think it was illegal to train without a license or insurance. (I\'m not sure though)
    I don't think so either but the law may differ from state to state. You should check first because its easier to check then it is to get out of breaking the law.
         
        12-03-2010, 08:09 PM
      #35
    Green Broke
    As far as teaching goes, you can get yourself into quite a bit of trouble if you don't have insurance, like others have said, liability release or not. You also MUST HAVE a sign posted in view of all visitors with the horse activity liability statute for your state printed on it if you expect it to be upheld. They can claim ignorance otherwise.

    In regards to your facility, you will not be able to get or keep students without a clean, safe, and professional facility. Just teaching in your back yard, or in a thrown-together ring with all manner of clutter sitting around will not work. I promise that they will find another farm, that has a better appearance, for the same, or close to the same amount of money. These are all things you will have to think about before you are ready to teach. I would recommend working at a barn under another trainer, maybe teaching a couple beginner lessons a week to free up their time, and learn how to teach while you do it. Just because you can DO it, does not mean you can TEACH it. This is why there is a training program in place for certification. To teach you how to be an effective teacher.

    In regards to the website, it isn't a bad start at all. It can be tweaked as you go. Every few days, glance at it again and see what you think you want to change. It took me almost a full year to get mine how I wanted it, and then I still went back and adjusted every once in a while. I'd be happy to post a link if you want to see it, but since I have been having issues with my provider, I haven't been able to edit it in a few months.

    One thing I did notice though, was on your Bucks page. At the bottom it reads
    "Email me at Amanda for more information, comments, questions, or set-up-dates." It should read "Email Amanda at {your email addy} for more information...{etc}"
         

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