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post #1 of 2 Old 04-22-2011, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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What should i do?

Not sure where to put this, move it if need be. But anyways, i had somebody contact me about giving them lessons. She found me threw word of mouth and who couldnt use extra money these days? Well apparently she's going to be using her BO's lesson horse, even though she had her own horse. I didn't think anything of it at first, i figured maybe her horse wasnt broke, or injured or something. Nope.. he's just obese! Not 50pds over, more about 150-200pds, and he has recently foundered, the problem is the girl thinks he's healthy? I talked to the BM about it and she basically said there's nothing they can do. I understand, but the girl does Full Care, which means they have the power to cut his feed intake, am i not right? I talked to the girl about it, she's owned the horse almost 2 years, apparently she bought him "chunky" and she said it's just his build. I highly doubt this horse is as stocky as she'd like to believe, he's probably about 15.1 or 15.2 and she told me he was a QH cross (with what idk). Should i just let her do what she wants and ignore the situation or refuse to give her lessons? My husband thinks i should mind my own business, and he's probably right . Im just really afraid for this horse, because he's clearly already having health problems, i asked her if she rides him and she says no because he's to lazy under saddle. The BM said he gets turn out, but the girl doesnt work with him (IE: exercise him in the arena or round pen). What do you think i should do?

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post #2 of 2 Old 04-22-2011, 05:26 PM
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When I am giving lessons to my beginner students, I always include horse care, health, etc with them. I don't believe in tacking up or grooming my clients horse for them (unless they are too young) or anything like that. You could always try to include some information on conditioning/nutrition/body scoring with the client. However she may not be open to your advice.

If that's the case, I agree with your husband in that it's none of your business. It sucks for sure, but I wouldn't turn away a client because they were a little thick-skulled. Maybe if you take her on and she begins to trust you as her instructor, she may open up to the idea of changing her horses diet.
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