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post #11 of 25 Old 11-27-2013, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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I will be taking the 12 lessons with the owner and then leaving for a more beginner friendly barn.

Thank you for all the advice.
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post #12 of 25 Old 11-27-2013, 07:53 PM
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Glad it all worked out for you, that's what I was going to say, if they don't give refunds, you might as well just use up the lessons. Small claims court is a gamble and usually not worth it if you have to pay officials to collect your settlement.

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post #13 of 25 Old 11-27-2013, 08:20 PM
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A little thought, Sweeney Road: Don't suppose you could sell the lessons to someone else you know or from the barn? Even selling them at a discount will be of some benefit to you assuming you'd prefer not to take the lessons now.
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post #14 of 25 Old 11-30-2013, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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Chevaux, an interesting thought! However, I have arranged to have lessons strictly with the mother, and then will move to another stable for lessons. There are quite a few places within easy driving distance (at least three in under ten minutes) so I am fairly certain that I will find a place where I am comfortable.
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post #15 of 25 Old 11-30-2013, 11:14 AM
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I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience. Horse people can be crazy ._. I certainly would have refunded you xD
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post #16 of 25 Old 12-01-2013, 08:30 PM
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Explain to me why the instructor is pushing beginners to jump before they have basic skills. That should of made you run the other way a long time ago. I understand the "kool" factor with kids but you're going to screw up any balance and rhythm you might have and it will take you much longer to develop a good seat.
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post #17 of 25 Old 12-01-2013, 08:41 PM
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Chevaux, an interesting thought! However, I have arranged to have lessons strictly with the mother, and then will move to another stable for lessons.
That was exactly what I was going to suggest you do. Hope that works well for you in the end, but at the end of your business with her don't be afraid to tactfully/politely tell her WHY you're not coming back. Sometimes business owners need to know why they may not be keeping their clientele, otherwise they're left thinking "Bah, crappy customer" instead of the other way around.

And IMHO, never prepay for lessons ANYWHERE until you're extremely comfortable with your barn. Where we are now I'd prepay in a heartbeat as we love it there, but if it was a new barn where we had no idea if a situation like this could occur, sorry...pay by the lesson, of a few lessons at a time tops.
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post #18 of 25 Old 12-01-2013, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Oshawapilot, I have been at this stable for almost a year, and am comfortable with the mother and the associate, just not the daughter.

I will absolutely let her know why I am leaving. I was very disappointed that the daughter heard the first couple of words out of my mouth and stopped listening.

LHP, I wasn't being asked to jump big jumps, but larger than what I am used to. Large enough that I would need to canter in order to jump them, however, and I am still working on getting the cue down for cantering. I was supposed to be working on picking up the canter to the right, not jumping!

So frustrating when the daughter doesn't bother to listen.
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post #19 of 25 Old 12-01-2013, 10:41 PM
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Oshawapilot, I have been at this stable for almost a year, and am comfortable with the mother and the associate, just not the daughter.

I will absolutely let her know why I am leaving. I was very disappointed that the daughter heard the first couple of words out of my mouth and stopped listening.

LHP, I wasn't being asked to jump big jumps, but larger than what I am used to. Large enough that I would need to canter in order to jump them, however, and I am still working on getting the cue down for cantering. I was supposed to be working on picking up the canter to the right, not jumping!

So frustrating when the daughter doesn't bother to listen.
This right here! If you don't have cueing and riding a canter down pat, then it is dangerous for an instructor to be pushing you to jump. Especially if it's anything bigger than tiny!
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post #20 of 25 Old 12-02-2013, 12:58 AM
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Honestly even an 18" cross rail that the horse could step over. What value is it in a lesson when one can't WTC with ease and confidence? It's too easy to demoralize and destroy one's confidence making one do that when they aren't ready to. The instructor and the student both lose.
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