The Start of My Business
During the summer of 2009 I started my very own Horse Exercising Business and it all started with a Craig’s List advertisement.
I have been riding horses since I was eight years old taking lessons consistently from a variety of trainers and going on many trail rides! I am, in fact, horse crazy and I needed a job for the summer to pay off my car and save up for college.
While I was still in school, my mother and I were boarding our horses at a stable. The owner of the stable was in the process of selling a tall, lean Paint mare. However, she was not having very good luck because the horse, Angel, had quickly figured out that if she was a brat she would not be ridden and worked. The last potential buyer to look at Angel had been scared off when she refused to move forward and began to kick up her heels. I volunteered to ride Angel and show her to buyers in return for %15 of the sale. The first time I got on her, she pinned her ears and started to lift her butt to buck. Fortunately, I was expecting this. When a horse behaves in this manner I make a decision based on how comfortable I feel and how explosive the horse feels. I will either give them a good kick with both of my legs or I will stop as much movement as possible and try to calm them down before figuring out another tactic.I decided to give Angel a good kick because I knew her history of training. I was sure that if Angel knew I was boss she would likely behave, and I was right! A few disciplinary kicks (no spurs) later and Angel was moving forward at a beautiful trot.
After only a few weeks of cleaning Angel up and riding out all the kinks she was sold! Because of this experience with Angel, I decided to create an ad on Craig’s List advertising my ability to exercise horses, tune them up, and help sell them. I was not actually expecting anyone to contact me, but sure enough the first week I had people calling and emailing.