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Jess Land. www.jesslandequestrian.com
I signed myself up for them when I took on sales as a job and that’s ok it came with the job description. It seems it’s expected I am available 24/7, public holidays, weekends and late evenings, as these are the prime times to view to fit in with peoples schedules. What shouldn’t be expected from me and seems to be currently the case is not respecting when I genuinely can’t fit you in at no notice; coming for free pony rides when you aren’t actually in a position to buy; disappearing off planet Earth never to be heard from again and absolutely thrashing the horses in the name of getting a feel.
If you have ever watched a professional try a horse you’ll notice the large majority get a quick feel on the flat, jump a handful of fences without breaking any height records and give the horse a nice experience without working them into the ground and leaving them a lathered mess. A viewing is not the time to see how high a horse can jump, push every button you think you can find and leave the horse overwhelmed and feeling a bit pressure cooked from the experience. Remember it’s also their first time meeting you.
A viewing is meant to be is an opportunity to see if you are possibly going to work as a partnership in the future, to see if you like the feel you get from the horse and then it’s up to you to decide if it’s something you would like to continue to develop heading forwards.
If you are going to be viewing a horse any time soon here’s a few tips:
This is a topic I could go on about for days but I think that’s enough of a ramble to get started!