Equine evaluations? need feedback please!
Okay - so I'm thinking of offering equine evaluations locally and wanted to get some feedback.
First - I've been around horses for over 29 years, I've owned horses for 16 years, and have a B.S. In Equine Studies from Centenary College, and was the training reward recipient in my graduating class. I have experience as a barn manager, trainer, and an extensive background in saddle fitting from working with numerous saddlers on my incredibly hard to fit TB from years ago.
In addition to this, I have worked as a trimmer (not a full farrier as I do not do shoes) with numerous farriers and specialists, and have a background with equine pre-vet classes. I also work with a horse rescue, and have extensive experience from nutritional and rehabilitational perspective, including an independent study on rehabilitation from severe abuse and injury.
What I'd offer - I have a reputation locally where people already will from time to time call me to look at their horses and help them identify if they need a better fitting saddle, a chiro adjustment, a massage, nutritional changes, or a different workout routine, etc. and would be interested in officially offering this as a service, for a reasonable fee. I work with several chiros and massage therapists that I could recommend - but would not require as I feel that it's important for everyone to have a comfort level with who they choose. I also work with a supplement company, and network with several great tack shops. I DO NOT get any kick backs from making recommendations, nor do I ever require people use anyone specific, or any specific brand. I have personal preferences, but I know that does not mean it is right for everyone.
1. Is this something (if ever necessary/appropriate) you would be interested in for your horse?
2. What would the value of this be for you - a typical consult would include traveling to your facility (i'd charge a minimal mileage fee), and a 1 hour or so evaluation that incldues watching the horse move, checking saddle, checking for body/back/limb soreness, and coming up with a recommendation.
3. NOTE - this is NOT a soundness exam - for example, I have seen horses where I felt they could be suffering from something lymes or other issues like DJD, and have and will ALWAYS recommend a veternarian consultation. Main focus is identifying correctable NON-MEDICAL issuesand coordinating with a chiro/massage/accupuncturist, saddle fit, bit suggestion, and workout routine to improve the horse's overall body condition and way of going. I'm also not looking to replace anyone as a trainer, I'm looking to work with trainers to compliment their work with a physical workout routine and all of the above that will work best. I already have my own barn that I'm based out of and not at all looking to steal business, I'm looking to network :) (already have a good positive network of barns around here)
Let me know what you think! Thank you! Like I said I do this for some friends locally but would be interested in making it more official. Thank you!!!! :)