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post #21 of 36 Old 03-20-2013, 04:41 PM
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I agree with others here, venting fine I get it. Why though, would you be upset the trainer cancelled and is looking out for your son. Yes, I'd be mad if she cancelled for a "dumb" reason, but this isn't. Farms depending on location do tend to be windy. Ours always is, no matter the day. Doesn't matter, she was looking out for your son, riding inside arenas is loud!

Ever tried to ride in the middle of a snowstorm in an arena? You can't even hear yourself think, even just wind is loud enough to fire any seasoned horse up.

It's ONE lesson that was cancelled, reschedule, and try again...

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post #22 of 36 Old 03-20-2013, 04:50 PM
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if i didnt ever ride when there was 10mph winds i would probably only ride a couple times a year. i would call 10mph winds breezy.

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post #23 of 36 Old 03-20-2013, 04:53 PM
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I'd agree and disagree.

Yes, safety should ALWAYS be number one. As an instructor I know which horses can handle the wind or any other "scary" situations like the road or if there is some kind of construction going on the property.

On the other hand I doubt 10mph wind is really that big of a deal, especially indoors. Ask around and see what she cancels lessons for. I know by boss would.crucify me for canceling for something like that.

When I do my own less I sure as heck don't want to be standing outside in the fridged weather or the pouring rain. If someone else doesn't like that then I guess I won't be a good for for the client.
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post #24 of 36 Old 03-20-2013, 04:54 PM
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But your experienced and know your horse and your both used to that.....
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post #25 of 36 Old 03-20-2013, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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if i didnt ever ride when there was 10mph winds i would probably only ride a couple times a year. i would call 10mph winds breezy.
That is exactly my point. It is a beatiful day here. Chilly, yes, but otherwise a perfect day for riding. If her horses can't be ridden inside while there is a light breeze, he won't be riding much. This barn is not in the middle of open country. it's like an acrage community. Houses & barn on 3-5 acre lots. The arena is sheltered by the huge barn just to the north of it. If she had something come up or the horse was really off that day, I'm fine with that. Just tell me that.

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post #26 of 36 Old 03-20-2013, 06:36 PM
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I would take a 'wait and see' approach. Maybe the lesson horse has been zoo-y all morning ( mine gets nuts in the wind... ) and she knows the horse, and knows how he is behaving.
On the other hand, if she cancels every other week for some random reason, then maybe she has too much going on in her life right now.
JUst plan to ride the next time you have a lesson scheduled, see how it goes. If she cancels again, you may want to start looking for another barn. But for now, how about giving her the benefit of the doubt?
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I get your frustration litrella. I'm going to go against the grain here. If I didn't ride or have lessons anytime there were 10 mph winds, I would have a lot less income. I also have an indoor and work with a lot of children.

I get the safety aspect of it, though I have to say that for a mount used for beginners and small children a bit of wind shouldn't even present an issue. I'd expect my starter mounts to handle a lot higher wind than that, heck I'd expect them to stand still if I came at them with a leaf blower to make the wind.

Even if it was a legitimate concern, perhaps she could have offered an alternative. Like a "Let's meet the horses and do some goal planning, grooming, just get to know you" kind of lesson. There is always some kind of alternative even if riding is out. Heck, I've had a few occasions when riding was out and parents requested stall cleaning and work lessons. I love those lessons (and don't charge for them)
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I agree with another option should have been offered! Very very true good point!
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post #29 of 36 Old 03-20-2013, 06:46 PM
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If I cancelled lessons for 10mph winds I would be broke. Something makes me go "hmm" when lessons are cancelled for that.

I have an indoor arena that seems to just rattle and shudder in the wind. I still don't cancel my beginner lessons. My beginner horses are safe. Should they start getting rattled by the wind then we go back to doing stuff on the lunge line or we do ground lessons and theory. There is lots of lessons we can do without being on the horses back.

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I get your frustration litrella. I'm going to go against the grain here. If I didn't ride or have lessons anytime there were 10 mph winds, I would have a lot less income. I also have an indoor and work with a lot of children.

I get the safety aspect of it, though I have to say that for a mount used for beginners and small children a bit of wind shouldn't even present an issue. I'd expect my starter mounts to handle a lot higher wind than that, heck I'd expect them to stand still if I came at them with a leaf blower to make the wind.
I agree. Quite frankly, if a horse can't tolerate the wind, I have to question why it is being used as a lesson horse in the first place. Desensitizing a horse to the wind is just part of elementary horse training - which should be done before it is used by novice riders. I'm afraid I would be one to question what other basic training have the horses there not had. A 10 mph wind is not enough wind to do more than ruffle the grass and rustle the leaves a little bit...to say nothing of being inconsequential inside an arena...
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