Denise Montoya

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A girl, a truck her dog and a horse

Posted on February 13, 2015 at 3:20 AM

January of 2014 I decided to start teaching full time and I built a website. It was very "field of dream" like and boy did they come!!! I have been so busy this past year I can't even keep up with the flood of phone calls/emails coming in. I went from 2 lesson horses to 6 and have had some very unique challenges. I am but one person in need of help with organization, customer contact, bookkeeping, advertising, not to mention a lot of my time goes into caring for the horses, getting them turned out, properly fed, exercised and my favorite mucking stalls...

 

Being a single mom and owning a small business has been quite challenging this past year. I apologize to the people that have slipped through the cracks. I extend a warm thanks to the ones who didn't and were persistent in getting through to me. We have had some very fun and memorable times. Each and every student that I have I treat as an individual and I do the same with the horses.

 

Not everybody is ready to learn hard concepts and memorize them in a cookie cutter fashion. Not everybody wants to show and bring home those very expensive ribbons. Some people just want to feel safe being around horses, some people are happy working them from the ground learning how to communicate with them better, some people just want to brush them and be around them or just want to ride on the trails and feel safe. I feel that I am good at reading peoples intentions even if they say they want something more, maybe they are not ready yet. I have worked with a lot of fearful people that have been on nightmarish trail rides and "lived to tell the tale" but swore they would never ride again. To me this is sad because they could have had a fulfilling life around horses but were traumatized at one point. Then they read about me and my methods though my website and came back to a safe and fun filled experience which is all they wanted in the first place... I very much enjoy working with new and or fearful people.

 

I am very happy to announce that my business has grown so much that I was able to move to a bigger facility with more amenities I now have a real round pen in which to conduct private lessons in and have my students feel safe and uninhibited in. There are 2 arenas one of which is covered, the stalls are bigger and more private, I have my own tack room with an office/lounge area and two private turnouts for the horses to mingle in when they are not working. I am working on hiring help in the areas I need most right now and I am very much looking forward to a happy and successful year! Thanks to all my students who have made this "field of dreams" possible for me. I can't wait for some of you to graduate to the trail so we can have many more fun times, conversations and learning experiences...

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