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post #21 of 23 Old 05-12-2012, 07:57 PM
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Glad the mature conversation worked for ya

It's just the way you said it, it came off as though you thought she owed you something for tidying up the barn. She didn't because her offer of free lessons still stood, just your horse isn't well so you weren't taking advantage of them.

When you talked to her, everything changed. You came to a new deal and that is now the arrangement instead of lessons.

Are you understanding that now?

I'm glad it got sorted!

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post #22 of 23 Old 05-12-2012, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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In a way yes, and in a way no. If I had been feeding for a month and didn't take lessons and suddenly decided to get up and leave, would I have wanted to be compensated? No. But being that I am going to continue to board my horse there, take lessons with her (working or paid), pay her to coach me at shows when Amber is better, and more than likely continue to groom countless ponies for her kids, pull manes, not asking anything in return for those two things...I felt like I wasn't out of line to ask for something. Would I have asked for face value of "unlimited lessons"? Of course not. I didn't think my work was worth a doctor's salary. I still can't see eye to eye with everyone on the "your loss" note. After all, that was time she had to schedule other students and make money while she didn't have to teach me. I didn't take my lessons, yes, "my bad", but I still did the work.

I didn't mean to come off so snotty in my last post, rereading it, I think I was just a little taken aback by the comments of "if you were my boarder, I'd kick you out". I definitely wasn't trying to badmouth my trainer or say that she was trying to cheat me in any way. She's a very busy person and being that I hadn't said anything about it either, I was totally aware that the thought probably hadn't even crossed her mind about my lessons in relation to my feeding.

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post #23 of 23 Old 05-24-2012, 08:08 PM
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Unlimited lessons just for feeding 2x a week? Wow. Nice deal. Around here, a 30-head barn would give you $10 per feeding. A bigger 40+-head barn might give $20-$30 per feeding. $20 is the norm, though. You mentioned turning out, though. Turning her horses in and out isn't considered 'feeding'. That's "work".
Anywho, 3 lessons a week seems a bit much just for feeding 2x a week. I'd think you're getting the better end of the deal by far.
Anywho, just ask for a bit off of board. If I were in your shoes, I'd be getting maybe $60 off of board a month. If it's a big barn with lots of work, maybe $100, tops. Most likely it'd be $30-$40 off of board, with the barns around here.
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