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post #31 of 36 Old 08-01-2013, 03:37 PM
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^^^^I'm curious what the response would be too! My BO (when she gave me lessons and with her lesson kids) has universal saddle pads and saddles that fit all of her lesson horses. She doesn't make kids clean any of this though because that's her test for weeding out the kids that don't like it from the ones that do: make a comment about how she needs the tack cleaned but has no one to do it, and wait for the kiddos to show up with a hose and bucket of soapy water. Then again her version of teaching responsibility was having us go out get the horses ready, ride, then muck a stall, feed the horse (if it was dinner or breakfast) and put the horse up after spending time with it lol.
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post #32 of 36 Old 08-01-2013, 04:12 PM
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Huh, that is certainly a very strange way of teaching responsibility.
Sounds like they are just finding a way to get the pads cleaned for free. =/
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post #33 of 36 Old 08-01-2013, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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So I think it's pretty clear that most people think that's ridiculous but would there be consequences for just saying no?
I'm not sure, I've already taken a pad and hosed the bejeezus out of it, what would I say?

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post #34 of 36 Old 08-01-2013, 11:24 PM
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Tell them you can't wash the pad every week, you don't NEED to give them a reason. Be polite about it, but it really isn't your job to do their laundry.

If you're okay with it maybe wash the pad when it really NEEDS a clean, but IMO that shouldn't be your responsibility either...
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Tell them you can't wash the pad every week, you don't NEED to give them a reason. Be polite about it, but it really isn't your job to do their laundry.

If you're okay with it maybe wash the pad when it really NEEDS a clean, but IMO that shouldn't be your responsibility either...
They only want us to clean the pad every week is so that it's not covered in one horses dirt and sweat, and then put onto another horse. Would it be crossing a line to suggest assigning the pads to the horses instead?

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post #36 of 36 Old 08-01-2013, 11:30 PM
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I don't think so.

Have you talked to the parents of any of the kids in your riding group? How do they feel about it all?
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