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    07-18-2013, 10:27 PM
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Foal
First time horse owner class

Hi there! I am a barn manager at a horse rescue, and we were thinking about starting a once a month "first time horse owner" class. We would offer it to anyone, but cater towards those who just acquired their first horse, or are thinking about getting a horse for the first time.
We obviously can't teach anyone everything about horses in a one hour class, but we're also going to put together a booklet to take home with (what we hope will be) some helpful advice.

What I need from you guys is some information!
As someone who is 'new' to horses, or new to owning a horse, would you be interested in attending a class like this? (Just a one time thing for an hour some evening. We were thinking of charging $10 a person to cover the cost of materials, and help raise funds for the rescue.)

What are/were some of the biggest questions you had, or things you wish you would have known when you got your horse?

Anything you think we should cover in particular?
(remember to keep it basic! We're just covering general horse care. Nutrition, safety, shelter, health, etc. Riding/training/fun things will be mentioned, but not focused on!)

Thanks!!!
     
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    07-18-2013, 10:49 PM
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Foal
Dont forget to mention a little about injuries... And things they should have on hand just in case! :)
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    07-18-2013, 10:57 PM
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Trained
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Originally Posted by theomommy    
Hi there! I am a barn manager at a horse rescue, and we were thinking about starting a once a month "first time horse owner" class. We would offer it to anyone, but cater towards those who just acquired their first horse, or are thinking about getting a horse for the first time.
We obviously can't teach anyone everything about horses in a one hour class, but we're also going to put together a booklet to take home with (what we hope will be) some helpful advice.

What I need from you guys is some information!
As someone who is 'new' to horses, or new to owning a horse, would you be interested in attending a class like this? (Just a one time thing for an hour some evening. We were thinking of charging $10 a person to cover the cost of materials, and help raise funds for the rescue.)

What are/were some of the biggest questions you had, or things you wish you would have known when you got your horse?

Anything you think we should cover in particular?
(remember to keep it basic! We're just covering general horse care. Nutrition, safety, shelter, health, etc. Riding/training/fun things will be mentioned, but not focused on!)

Thanks!!!
I'd think you'd want a $20 donation for the rescue and materials, at the very least. I'd want to know basics like: How often do I need to trim hooves? Are shoes really necessary? Teeth need to be WHAT? How often? And I need to clean WHAT on my gelding? How often? And maybe mention that the local vet would do it for a fee. I was never told that and boy! I'd have paid $100 just for that little bit of knowledge!
     
    07-18-2013, 11:12 PM
  #4
Weanling
Vaccination / Care schedules
Real costs in your area for
- hay
- grain
- boarding (averages)
- training
Discipline (how to not turn your horse into a poorly behaved brat!)
Local horse activities (trails, riding clubs, etc)
Local horse suppliers (tack, feed, etc).
What tack/gear should everyone have?
What is a typical barn routine?
Local equine vets and basic charges (like farm calls...I didn't know it was $50 just for them to come to the barn!)
Leasing vs. owning

I'm a corporate trainer and the curriculum I would envision for something like this would probably take 2-3 hours. I would also provide a printed resource. I don't think $25-$50 is unreasonable, but you know what your local market would handle.

When I put together the "show packet" for my daughters riding coach, I included a "to do" list for the show season, a supply list for shows, a schedule of shows, a price sheet, a resource page (with local and online resource for purchasing supplies and equipment) and a basic dictionary of terms for those new to the show world. It was a big hit and really helps parents new to the show world. I think something similar for new horse owners would be invaluable.

This is an awesome idea! Be sure to market it to your local 4h clubs, at tractor supply, riding instructors, etc. I would have loved a class like this when we became owners!
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    07-18-2013, 11:14 PM
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Green Broke
There's a lot to be covered in only an hour! If I were you I use a whole day and make it into a clinic.

I'd start with basics. Every horse needs food, water and shelter. Go over the types of hay & grain and what is appropriate for what types of horses. How much water does a horse drink a day? Ways to hold it, for example smaller buckets or a larger tub. What kinds of shelter are appropriate. Maybe you can get into stable vices, boredom and pasture v stabling.

Then I'd do health care. Vaccination, working, teeth, shoes, chiropractor, warning signs of serious illness. Minor medical treatments, like cold hosing or icing, how to wrap standing wraps, etc.

Then I would do horse handling. That could really go in any direction! I'd be primarily focused on safety and proper handling.

Another thing you could do is ask people to write down questions which can be shown or taught later in the day or even the next day if your willing to extend your clinic to two days! More days more $$$.
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    07-18-2013, 11:15 PM
  #6
Showing
I would have a larger donation. I think $25 would be great.

What a great idea :)

Mucking out (and basic necessities), feeding, grooming, hoof care, vet shots and worming, care of tack.
Health warning signs, when to call a vet. Maybe stress that lessons aren't just for people who haven't got a clue, but are taken by everyone in order to learn to do things safely.
(Such as tying a horse, how to do quick release knot, NOT to tie by the reins, maybe even tacking up..)
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    07-18-2013, 11:18 PM
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Weanling
Please make sure you cover helmets too. While I know it's controversial in the horse world, I don't think it would hurt to give parents some information about appropriate riding helmets and encourage them to have anyone under 18 wear one.
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    07-18-2013, 11:34 PM
  #8
Yearling
I would include some of the following(I'm sure some of this has been mentioned)

Common terms in a horse ad(hard keeper, easy keeper, on the buckle, green etc etc.)
Vaccines necessary for your area
Basic hoof care
Small touch on teeth floating
Basic dietary needs of a horse
Tack fitting
First aid kit necessities
How to budget
Basic wound care
Common illnesses and how to react
Beginner groundwork
How to check AND clean tack before and after a ride



OH yes! And as someone said, cover helmets please! Give the options and pros of wearing one

Obviously there is muchmuch more to add on, but I really like this idea.
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    07-19-2013, 12:00 AM
  #9
Yearling
OHH! Yes...if you plan to be a gelding owner buck up and learn how to clean sheaths LOL or pay a vet.
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    07-19-2013, 12:04 AM
  #10
Weanling
You might even be able to "sell" ads in your book. The company pays $25 and you list them as a resource. Or offer sponsorships to local equine businesses. Just another way to raise money. ;)
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