Had an interesting conversation with a trainer today. I braid her dressage horses but she has a braider for her hunters, has had for some years. She asked me how much I charge for hunters. Seems this trainers clients are unhappy with the prices of the hunter braider. Now, she is a lovely braider, that is not the issue. The issue is she charges $55 for a mane, $30 for tails, and a $35 fee per horse per show :eek: for her expenses. $35 is a crap ton of yarn WOW! Anyhoo, the trainer was concerned as to how to address it, not burning bridges, etc., I suggested she definitely talk to the braider first and she if she would bring the price down (while I welcome the extra business especially after buying a house I am by no means cutthroat in getting work.), after all, this trainer usually brings anywhere from 5+ hunters to each show. Very steady work, well behaved horses, and pays very timely. Well, trainer calls me a few hours later and says braider will not budge on price saying it would be unfair to her other clients. The braider also suggested she may try “Susie Braider B” as she is $5 less! Well, I know Susie, and she is a LOT less than $5 less LOL!!
Two other things, I know just two years ago this braider was charging $20 for tails and no “extra $35 fee”. I have braided for the trainer when the braider had too many horses, she told me what she charged then to make sure we had the same prices. Also, the Pros out here only charge $80 per horse. This I know because I was asked to join and they went over prices with me. I can’t travel all over with my full time job but do “back-up” if needed.
I am still amazed! So, I would like to hear how much folks are paying. technically, this is for the hunters but I thought Off Course would get more traffic