Horse Shopping - Trainer Eval Question - The Horse Forum

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 09-06-2012, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Colesville, NJ
Posts: 1,729
• Horses: 0
Horse Shopping - Trainer Eval Question

Hi guys - so I need your help. I have a student want me to go look at a horse with them. The horse is about 3h away (each way) plus i'd assume an hour or so to spend looking at the horse as well. So you're talking easily an 8h day.

What do people usually charge (if you're a trainer) or pay (if you're a student) to have your training come with and try a horse? Is it a per hour rate or by distance or time overall? I'd be losing a whole day of lessons/riding/training and the only day I could do this is on a weekend, so I want to be fair in cost, as well as affordable, but not shortchange myself either.

Any/all input is appreciated!

Life Without a Paddle...a blog about life out here, and great for a laugh!
TLC Stables & East/West Arabians
www.ewa-tlcstables.com
Are you getting the most out of your horse?
Equi-Eval.com
CJ82Sky is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 Old 09-06-2012, 12:06 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: CT USA an English transplant
Posts: 21,395
• Horses: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by CJ82Sky View Post
Hi guys - so I need your help. I have a student want me to go look at a horse with them. The horse is about 3h away (each way) plus i'd assume an hour or so to spend looking at the horse as well. So you're talking easily an 8h day.

What do people usually charge (if you're a trainer) or pay (if you're a student) to have your training come with and try a horse? Is it a per hour rate or by distance or time overall? I'd be losing a whole day of lessons/riding/training and the only day I could do this is on a weekend, so I want to be fair in cost, as well as affordable, but not shortchange myself either.

Any/all input is appreciated!
I would expect to pay someone a fixed charge which is what I used to do when I went with people to look at horses, that way they know where they stand up front - so not essentially an hourly rate but you should cover what you would lose in terms of lessons plus any expenses for meals, gas etc and since its a long trip you wouldn't be wrong in adding some on to cover inconvenience of being away from home. After all this isn't a pleasure trip for you but as you say - you don't want to scare them off either
jaydee is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 09-06-2012, 12:07 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: OK
Posts: 9,583
• Horses: 11
Most trainers have a set fee and make arrangements to reschedule their lessons so they don't lose money. So, if you can do that, then figure out what a fair rate in your area is for that service. I've had a few different scenarios, $100/day and buyer pays for food and a mileage charge, $250/day and no other charges, and $100/day plus meals if the trainer rides to and from with the buyer.

If you can't reschedule your lessons, then figure out your lost wages and make that the base figure plus meals and mileage, if you drive, drop the mileage if you ride with the buyer.

It depends on what's customary in your area, but for an 8 hr day, you definitely should be paid something.

Dreamcatcher Arabians is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 09-06-2012, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Colesville, NJ
Posts: 1,729
• Horses: 0
thanks guys. I only usually teach one day a week (i love it, but it's not my day job) and I think what i'll do is have the student look on her own (she's in her 20s and a very capable rider) and if she really likes the horse, she'll take him on trial. This way it is more affordable for everyone involved and I think works well all around.

Thanks for all the advice - the pricing sounds very fair to me!

Life Without a Paddle...a blog about life out here, and great for a laugh!
TLC Stables & East/West Arabians
www.ewa-tlcstables.com
Are you getting the most out of your horse?
Equi-Eval.com
CJ82Sky is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 09-06-2012, 03:45 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: In the saddle.
Posts: 5,157
• Horses: 1
Were it my coach, I would pay her day fee, which is $1200, plus any travel and hotel stays.

Needless to say I usually just send her a video and then show up with the horse for her to see haha!!

Were it a client paying you a commission, then your commission should be enough to negate a day fee, but you still would charge travel. In that case it would be you having found the horse, made the appointment, etc.. Because the rider found the horse, you have really no obligation to see it outside of watching a video, or if she gets a trial, looking at the horse on trial.

Good luck!

They say money doesn't buy happiness -- well happiness doesn't buy horses!
~*~anebel~*~ is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
USEF Trainer Rule Question... Please help! justjump Horse Shows 1 08-27-2012 05:31 PM
To get a trainer, or to not get a trainer. THAT is the question! Cowgirls Boots Western Riding 1 11-03-2011 07:37 AM
Trainer Question... ladybugsgirl Horse Training 8 12-25-2010 09:02 PM
Trainer Selection Question lauralynnee Horse Training 25 12-20-2009 12:45 PM
10yo QH gelding - confo eval sandsarita Horse Riding Critique 15 05-30-2008 10:46 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome