Denise Montoya

SAN FRANCISCO HORSEBACK RIDING LESSONS

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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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Reply Donna Colby
1:29 AM on July 5, 2015 
denise - so glad to hear about the growth of your company. I have a very stressful job and spoke to you about lessons but never followed through bit stopped by your old site a couple of times and missed you. This last time they told me you had moved. I am a beginner looking to just learn and be around horses. It is a calling. I just want to learn to be comfortable. I am meeting a very special horse on July 12th. His name is Metro Meteor and he lives in Gettysburg, PA. He is a former racehorse with very bad knees. He took up painting to pay for his vet bills and help other retired horses in need. I own 3 of his paintings. I don't even know what your capacity is to take on new students at this point but please let me know. Thank you.
Reply Chris
3:29 PM on October 28, 2015 
Hi Denise,

I found this blog when I looked you up after looking at ads for leasing a horse in the area. I used to take lessons with my daughter and would like to get back to riding again. I'm also looking for a different job and would love doing something horse-related - if you still need help and my skills would fit, and you'd like to chat? I'm a beginner to intermediate rider I guess (walk/trot/lope) but not jumping or anything too scary. LOL I love your attitude towards horses and helping people with fears of them (I know I'm not as brave with them as when I rode when I was younger). Anyway, just thought I'd say hi and if you have anything that might fit me (lease or job) please email. Thanks!
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