Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
I was recently contacted by a woman wanting me to put some time in on her mare.
I have been riding and training for 15+ years, and have trained many a young one in my time, but have never taken on another person's horse for training (for profit) before. I am confident that I can do my job well... but I need some help with minor details:
- should I get her to fill out any liability forms?
- how much should I charge? I'm probably going to be training this horse 2-3 times per week, and taking the time out to drive a half hour to her barn.
-is there anything else to be concerned about?
Any tips or anything at all would be wonderful and greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
me personally, I would cover my butt :) I think there should be something covering you for any injury the horse might sustain. I mean, what if, you're riding along and something awful happens and the horse dumps you and runs through a barbed wire fence and rips himself to shreds. The last thing you need is someone suing you for all you have.
As far as how much to charge goes maybe you could ring a few trainers and find out what they charge. Then you can make your fee based on what others are charging. I give private lessons and charge about 25% less than everyone else. Its $45 per hour and I will travel up to 15km from home for no extra. After that there is a small surcharge which covers petrol and my extra time. I worked this out based on fairness and providing more accessible lessons for everyone.
I would say mostly to just be sure that the person who owns this horse knows that not everything is 100% going to work and that you can't tell her with certainty that training will help. Quite often the horse will do well for you because you know what you are doing but that doesnt mean that the owner wont get it back and have the same issues she had before. She must also be trained to ride to get the best out of her horse. But, that's going off track a little lol
Good luck with it all