What types of customers have you worked with?
My most common type of job is helping people to communicate with their horses. I show them how to be a leader, and to build confidence in their horses. This also will build confidence in the person. I show the person how to train their horse, build a solid relationship, and have a safe and enjoyable future together. I have helped people overcome fears due to injuries, lack of knowledge, and misinformation. Many of the customers I have had the pleasure of working with come out to learn things like trail riding, camping with their horses (pack trips), or simply just correcting a behavior problem in one of my 3-5 day training clinics.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Consider a trail riding company who is an owner operator, and caters to private parties. Be sure to look at reviews, ask questions, and make sure communication is easily established. Emails, phone calls should be answered promptly. Compare other companies, educate yourself before choosing, to help make the best decision. Go with a company who can be flexible, after all it is your vacation or training experience. Most of all go with a company you feel comfortable with, and have fun!!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I want customers to understand that my profession is rewarding in so many ways. I enjoy riding my horse through the mountains that have not changed as the fast paced, high stress, industrialized cities have. We do not have cell service on the ranch (we do in town 3 miles away) and can really enjoy what the outdoors have to offer. I personally do not look at my profession as a job, more as therapy. I enjoy sharing this little place in the mountains with others that may not ever get to experience the "back country". Come on out and view this beautiful place as it was 200 years ago, from the back of a horse.