MAT­TERS OF COUR­TESY

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• Bring nec­es­sary pa­per­work. The fa­cil­ity where you take lessons will most likely have a set of guide­lines re­gard­ing vac­ci­na­tions and other health records, such as proof of a neg­a­tive Cog­gins test. Make sure your pa­per­work is in or­der and keep copies with you. • Wait your turn. Though out­side lessons are a good se­cond in­come for many train­ers and rid­ing in­struc­tors, clients who have horses in train­ing and board on­site are usu­ally the bread and but­ter of a busy train­ing or board­ing fa­cil­ity. If you are trai­ler­ing in, re­mem­ber that board­ers take prece­dence in terms of groom­ing bays and wash racks. If nec­es­sary, tie your horse to your trailer

for groom­ing and move over or wait your turn at the wash rack.

• Clean up af­ter your­self. Speak­ing of groom­ing bays and wash racks, don’t leave your sup­plies ly­ing around unat­tended and in the way of oth­ers—and, of course, clean up af­ter your­self and your horse be­fore you leave. Also re­mem­ber to clean up any ma­nure around your trailer that may have been left by your horse. By do­ing so you will make cer­tain that you are wel­comed back for the next les­son.

• Take sick days if needed. Resched­ule your les­son if you no­tice that your horse has a slightly runny nose or just seems a bit “off” com­ing in from the pas­ture. Even if the prob­lem seems mi­nor, you don’t want to risk mak­ing it worse by trans­port­ing your horse and ask­ing him to ex­ert him­self, nor do you want to ex­pose the horses at your desti­na­tion to a con­ta­gion.

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