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post #1 of 14 Old 12-30-2009, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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User fee? Instructor using barn

One of my new boarders would like her instructor to come to our facility to give her lessons.

We require the instructor has insurance or provides us with a liability release.

In the past we have charged a fee per lesson. What is the current going rate? I do not want to make the cost prohibitive to the boarder but I also do not want to open a whole kettle for anyone and everyone to decide they want to teach here because it's free.
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post #2 of 14 Old 12-30-2009, 04:59 PM
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At my barn , which is in no way a big show barn by any means has a $5 per lesson charge which applies to anyone using the ring to give lessons. That fee goes back into the ring mantainence , footing etc...
I feel that is a reasonable fee since it could be a lot more and it is nice to have the freedom to use who you would like to instruct you. Of course I understand not wanting to have numerous ppl coming and going especially at small barns.

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post #3 of 14 Old 12-30-2009, 10:35 PM
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I would say between $5 and $10 a lesson especially if you also give lessons yourself because they would be competing with you for business. Its not just your arena and jumps.. the trainer may use your other facilities like parking or bathroom.

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10-15% of what the instuctor gets paid is what I see the most for a nice facility like www.carolinaequestrianri.com
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post #5 of 14 Old 12-30-2009, 11:56 PM
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I never used to, but once more boarders started bringing in coaches I added a $10 fee.

When a coach comes in, they are taking that arena time away from other boarders (or me for that matter)...as most will want the arena to themselves for that allotted time.
I have waived the fee on occasion though, if the boarder allows other riders to use arena while they are being coached.
This becomes more of an issue in winter....as we only can ride inside then. During the warmer months (sigh aah summer I miss you) We have access to more space, so then it isn't much of an issue. So I may waive this fee again when the time comes.

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post #6 of 14 Old 12-31-2009, 01:38 PM
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We have a dressage trainer come in once or twice a month. We charge her $10 per lesson (which are hour privates) to use the ring. Not sure what the charge would be if it as as group lesson...

i've hauled my horses to different places (no lessons, just to get them in a new environment) and usually pay about $25 for a "haul in fee".
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post #7 of 14 Old 01-01-2010, 05:42 PM
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$10 per lesson for a facility fee. $25 per lesson for haul in.

That's the rates I am used to.

ETA: The coach is charged the $10, the hauler in-er is charged the $25. It is up to the coach whether they will charge the extra $10 to their student or not.
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post #8 of 14 Old 01-04-2010, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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The instructor did call. When I asked what the going rate was - she said $10 and that she would pass it on to the student. I'm not all together sure I like her passing it on but I guess that isn't my issue.

We do not close the arena for lessons. Absolutely not fair to someone who has very limited time and heads out to the barn for some horse time. We do require lessons scheduled a week in advance and written on the white board so that folks can plan around them.

Also - this instructor does not carry insurance. Any thoughts on that? (she has not started yet).
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If she does not carry insurance, I would just ensure that you are waived of all liability if she were to get injured. As you don't want her coming after you if she hurts herself, and needs the money to pay her medical bills.

Also, depending upon your own insurance, you may want to ensure that you can in fact have her teach on site if she doesn't carry proper insurance.

Wow that is a mouthful lol

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post #10 of 14 Old 01-07-2010, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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If she does not carry insurance, I would just ensure that you are waived of all liability if she were to get injured. As you don't want her coming after you if she hurts herself, and needs the money to pay her medical bills.

Also, depending upon your own insurance, you may want to ensure that you can in fact have her teach on site if she doesn't carry proper insurance.

Wow that is a mouthful lol

I did tell her we need a release so we are protected. I also told her she is responsible if anyone gets hurt or there is any equipment or property damage as a result of her lesson.
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