Saddle Cleaning For Others. Not Sure How to Go About This...

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    06-09-2012, 12:12 AM
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Okay, so I am one of those wierd people that love to clean tack. Yup. :p So, I was thinking I would post flyers to clean up other people's tack for the shows. I would go in the day before the show, early, and post flyers everywhere, with my stall number/area(depending on show) and whatnot listed. I've got that part figured out. I have a few questions though -

1. Are these prices fair?

Saddle - $8
Bridle - $5
Breastcollar/Martingales - $6
Leather Girth - Free with Saddle Clean, or $2
Silver Shine - $2
The Works (everything) - $20

Saddle - $10
Bridle - $5
Breastcollar - $6
Leather Cinch, w/ or w/o back cinch - $2
Silver shine - $3
The Works - $23


2. How exactly do I go about this? After I post flyers... then what? Wait for people to come gallavanting over to my stall and bring their saddles? What if I'm riding? What if I'm showing atm? What if I'm just busy? Left for the day? Should I leave a little paper saying, "be back at (ex) 10.00?" I know at the bottom of the flyer I will list the classes I'm in, saying I won't be avaliable at that time. Should I just list the hours I'll be avaliable otherwise?


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    06-09-2012, 12:59 AM
I would post flyers before the show and take tack a day or two before the show starts. Those seem like very cheap prices and I think you could get some people :)
    06-09-2012, 02:30 AM
Up the price on the silver shining. It's probably the most difficult part of cleaning a saddle, lol, and can really leave your fingers hurting.
    06-09-2012, 03:27 AM
I think the service is a great one.I think though doing it for people in the days before/between the shows is best. They contact you & either you go to their place & clean up their stuff, or they can drop it by for you.Do it when neither party is worried about their next class & having the tack available, ready for use.I know the day before a show or during the show it would be more difficult to arrange stuff mutually agreeable to both party's
    06-09-2012, 08:17 AM
Good luck!! :) What a great service idea!
    06-09-2012, 11:45 PM
Thank you everyone for your lovely tips :) I'm going to a show in 2 weeks, so I may give this a shot :) How about 5 bucks for a silver shine? And I'm no pro, and I set my prices like I would pay to have my tack done. I just thought I'd do a little something to maybe help with the expense of showing. Won't make much of a dent, but hey, every little bit helps ;) And I suck badly at braiding ... so that wouldn't work.... :p
    06-10-2012, 12:13 AM
How about clipping horses? That's a job some people will also hire out
    06-10-2012, 12:26 AM
Oh my ... I can trim some nose hairs, and fix some fetlocks to look nice ... but body clipping? You might as well let loose a bull in a china shop if you want that choppy of a job xD
    06-10-2012, 12:30 AM
Not body clipping but just basic show clipping like Bridlepath,muzzles,fetlocks
    06-10-2012, 01:55 AM
You are really selling yourself short. It takes time to properly clean a saddle so it's not a morning of the show thing. I will pm you with some ideas and rates. Keep in mind you may be held liable for any screwups. Never polish the silver on a saddle with anything more than a soft damp cloth and a soft buffing cloth (old flanellete). Most have finishes that can wear off. It's late so I'm pm you tomorrow.

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