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post #31 of 36 Old 03-20-2013, 07:07 PM
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I think if I were a mom I would appreciate the trainer who is supposed to know her horses and the conditions. I don't get why, after many experienced horsepeeps have pointed out, better safe than sorry, you still want to complain.

Geemaneechristmas, it is a riding lesson! It's not like his chemo was cancelled and he might come out of remission! Riding should be fun. Why would anyone be so upset....or better why are so many of us wasting our time sayng the same thing over and over ;)
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post #32 of 36 Old 03-20-2013, 10:05 PM
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I would hope any lesson horse that my (future) child would ride would not be spooked at all by low-speed winds... Okay, I wouldn't hope, I would demand.
When I was taking lessons, I got on the trainer's main lesson horse, and started to canter. He bucked (just a bit, and only once) on me. The trainer made me stop the horse, she got on and rode the crap out of him, and was very upset about that little buck. In her words, "He's my main lesson horse. He should never do that." She was very, very upset. Turns out that there had been a hard, spiky bur buried deep in the saddle pad, and it had been rubbing on his spine. We always inspected the tack before putting it on, but this one wasn't completely visible, and we'd missed it.
Other than that one issue, we never, ever had any other problems. Lesson horses should be very, very safe. I'd question the safety of the horse in any kind of weather if the instructor doesn't think her horse can handle 10 mph winds.

What kind of horse is your son riding? Maybe the trainer knows her horses aren't completely bomb-proof, and is compensating for it? Either way, I would try not to get upset about one cancellation. If it happens again, I'd be a bit peeved. I've had my instructor cancel due to the cold, when it would have been just fine to ride. Usually she had something else that she really needed to do, and didn't have time to do it unless she cancelled. A bit disappointing, since I always look forward to my lessons, but not the end of the world.

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post #33 of 36 Old 03-21-2013, 01:16 AM
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Well personally I'd be annoyed to, I'd expect a beginner horse to be able to handle a little wind.

If we didn't ride because of a little wind, I wouldn't get to ride at all in the Winter or most of Fall or Spring, and my horses would be spazes that couldn't handle a little wind due to lack of riding.

I put my 4th ride on my greenie today, in the wind! Along with letting two of my beginner nephews ride. Their horses could handle it, they are beginner horses! I would rather ride the greenie without the wind, but beggers can't be choosers, and eventaully I'd like for her not to be green (and to be able to handle whatever is thrown at her, including a little wind).

I can understand if the horse was having a bad day, it can happen to even the quietest horse, but if that was the case, that is what I'd want to be told.

I think if it was me, I'd ask if they have any 'beginner' horses for my kid to learn on, or if wind is just a rarity there (I guess that could be understandable if the horse(s) just isn't use to it, because the wind rarely blows there).
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post #34 of 36 Old 03-21-2013, 01:52 AM
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I think that's a little ridiculous. Especially if it wasn't even windy enough to keep the flags up. Sounds like she was trying to find an excuse to cancel.
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post #35 of 36 Old 03-21-2013, 08:23 AM
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I understand the instructor's thinking only because 1. she knows her horses 2. She knows how loud her indoor gets and 3. it was your son's first lesson there. She doesnt know what he's capable of just yet.

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post #36 of 36 Old 03-21-2013, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by wetrain17 View Post
I understand the instructor's thinking only because 1. she knows her horses 2. She knows how loud her indoor gets and 3. it was your son's first lesson there. She doesnt know what he's capable of just yet.

So as a good instructor you offer the option of a grooming or ground session. Heck - most first lesson SHOULD be spent going over basics. Canceling the first lesson is a good way to lose clients. Bad press gets around a heck of a lot faster than good press.
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