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        11-15-2013, 12:23 PM
      #8851
    Weanling
    LOL dbArabians! I am not someone who enjoys drama. It just seems to be very common in barns.

    I take the tactic of listening politely then changing the subject.

    I feel a little sad because her main target is her adult daughter...a young person I consider a nice girl and an excellent horsewoman. I seek her out for advice because she is knowledgeable about horses. The BO is blaming her daughter for all her boarders moving out...because her daughter's horses are so well cared for (she does it herself, buying her own grain and hay) that the boarders expect the same care for our horses. So, she has set the bar too high. : /

    I hate that giving notice has caused her problems. The good news is this latest drama has been a wake up call. The daughter was already working on a plan to move herself and her horses, get a job and go back to college. The drama confirmed for her that she is doing the right thing. She found out she got the job she interviewed for on Tuesday, her new place will be ready on December 1 and she's already looking at what classes she wants to take. I'm very happy for her and wish her luck as she finally spreads her wings.
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        11-16-2013, 09:42 PM
      #8852
    Yearling
    Went for a nice ride bareback down the road for a mile (just long enough to round up my dogs who had decided to go visit the neighbor) and was thinking about what a great low-impact strength training exercise riding bareback is. Well, that is, as long as you don't impact with anything like the ground or a tree.

    Did you know that bareback riding works your core which consists of six ab muscles, your lats which are your lower back and sides, your glutes, your hip flexors (muscles on the outside and inside of thighs) and hamstrings. While you are up there, you are improving balance, flexibility and strength by repetitively engaging your core muscles to stay on.

    Just sharing because next time some pedestrian says riding isn't exercise, give them the raised eyebrow and throw down some science and tell them you might have to argue with them on that point.

    This makes horseback riding HEALTHY for you. Like we needed another excuse to ride...........
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        11-16-2013, 11:59 PM
      #8853
    Yearling
    I haven't been brave enough to ride Lil bareback yet. The one time I got on her bareback, she reared straight up. Luckily we were in 4' of water at the time. I do want to get a bareback pad so I can just hope on anytime that I want to ride, and I'm too lazy to stop and put on jeans, boots/shoes, saddle up! Lol

    I think it was because of the strange place for her, and she didn't know what was going on. But, I don't want to find out she does NOT ride bareback, the hard way!
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        11-17-2013, 12:12 AM
      #8854
    Started
    Just left our first sorting practice and it was so much fun! We will definitely be doing that again!
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        11-17-2013, 12:52 AM
      #8855
    Yearling
    SOOOO jealous, KC! I still want to try that someday.
         
        11-17-2013, 01:55 AM
      #8856
    Started
    Oh its a blast cc, you'll be addicted!
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        11-17-2013, 03:37 PM
      #8857
    Yearling
    Gotta question for y'all. I have a friend through church who wants to know what I would charge for some basic horse exposure/lessons once a month. I've never had my children in lessons and don't even know what the going rate is. I'm used to always just telling people to come over and I will let them ride but they insisted I don't do it for free. The child is 7 and has no experience. I'm a special ed teacher and mom of 6 so obviously I have experience with children and I've been involved with horses, both western and English, for almost 30 years. What should I tell them?
         
        11-17-2013, 04:27 PM
      #8858
    Weanling
    Here is what most trainers in our area charge. (I'm just down the road from you...and have researched this).

    $40 for group lessons (3 to 5 riders)
    $50 for semi-private lessons (2 riders)
    $60 for private lessons.

    Lessons are usually 45 minutes to 1 hour.

    Our coach offers "discounts" if you buy 6 lessons at a time (10% off).

    Hope that helps!
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        11-17-2013, 04:45 PM
      #8859
    Yearling
    That did help quite a bit. Looks like I undercut myself a little. They were texting for an answer and I told them $50 per lesson and I would free up 2 hours for each lesson. It may or may not take 2 hours so I guess I'm within ballpark at least. They are friends and it is only once a month. It's actually kind of an answered prayer because we're needing a little extra income and this would be doing something I absolutely love. Kids and horses. I can't lose! Maybe it'll turn into something more if word gets out. :)
         
        11-17-2013, 05:08 PM
      #8860
    Weanling
    I will say our coach rarely stops at an hour, and in the beginning (while we were learning) it was almost 2 hours with tacking up and everything.
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