Originally Posted by appylover31803
i've never heard of that, but that seems like a great idea. I would say don't charge them for coming in, but charge like a few bucks for horsey rides. Even have drinks and some sort of food that people could buy. Maybe even have some horsey stuff (saddle blankets, little horse stuffed animals, horse treats. Anything that isn't too expensive but itsn't too cheap either. Oh! Great Idea. Have a place where people could get their picture taken with a horse. And have that as an option for the horsey rides too! I'm sure parents would jump on that for their kids!
Maybe even have like a discount on lessons. The people that go there can take a coupon thingy. That might drive people to take lessons if there's a coupon for some saving. You're BO would have to OK that though.
Oh! Another thing! If it's going to be like an all day thing, I would also include demonstrations of how to groom and tack/untack a horse. Even the proper way to mount/ dismount and lead a horse.
ooooh many wonderful ideas! Thanks Appy!
Would we have to worry about liability and have to pay extra to her insurance to have it? I mean, we'd of course choose the most bomb-proof, well mannered horses for the pony rides...but what would we need to do? There are wavers that we (the lesson girls) had to have our parents sign to take lessons...would we all just have them sign that? I know at regular pony rides they don't have them sign anything...but of course they are on a pony...not a 15 hand horse.
We were thinking of using the one bombproof mare (seriously I've never seen anything frighten her...all the horses were freaking out when the snow was falling off the roof...all she did was raise her head, looked around slowly, then went back to her hay.), a fairly bombproof gelding (using him because he is great on a lead rope and haven't seen him spook yet), a young paint (he is really calm despite his age), and hopefully my boy, Sonny (due to he's great when being led...doesn't spook when I'm close...and has a puppy dog personality that I think kids will enjoy). Would I need any special insurance if I used my horse?
If extra insurance is needed, then we won't be able to do it. The BOs husband is not working, he's had countless operations on his spine. He's practically bed-ridden, and the BO is the only one bringing in the money by doing riding lessons, boarding (only to two people), and piano lessons. Poor lady I feel so bad for her.
We were thinking of having raffles; maybe some gift certificates, and other stuff. Also one of the certificates would be maybe two free riding lessons, then another might be two free private lessons. And maybe some other fun stuff....saddle pads, horse books, horse movies, framed horse pictures.
Having demonstrations on how to tack up horses would be great!! Also maybe I can talk my farrier into giving a talk on hoof care.
It will be so much fun..hopefully we won't run into any insurance problems and a negative answer from the BO