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post #1 of 46 Old 07-25-2013, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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How much do you pay for your lessons if you use lesson horses?

I guess this depends on the geographic area. I'm in the bay area (near stanford), so portola valley is the area where most barns are located, and this aint a cheap place.


Majority of barns here charges anywhere from $60-100/hr.

One barn charges $65/45 minutes, and she said most people ride for 30 minutes, and use the 15 minutes to tack and untack. I don't get this at all. I get it when i first start and need supervision in tacking and untacking, but even later on? Seems very expensive.

Just curious to know

*anyone lives in the peninsula part of bay area have any rec?*

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post #2 of 46 Old 07-25-2013, 11:17 AM
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I suspect it has a lot to do with how expensive it is to keep a horse. In my area it's relatively inexpensive and my barn charges $20/hour for lesson or practice rides on a barn-owned horse. The Bay Area is more expensive in pretty much every aspect, so I'm not all that surprised it's crazy expensive there!
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post #3 of 46 Old 07-25-2013, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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I suspect it has a lot to do with how expensive it is to keep a horse. In my area it's relatively inexpensive and my barn charges $20/hour for lesson or practice rides on a barn-owned horse. The Bay Area is more expensive in pretty much every aspect, so I'm not all that surprised it's crazy expensive there!
$20/hr????? i think i am going to faint..... I work in Portland once every 6 weeks or so, maybe i should schedule one of my lessons in portland... :)
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Here in Arkansas, prices don't vary depending on whether or not you ride a lesson horse. At least at the barns I've been to or researched. The average private lesson here, for English schooling, is around $40-$50 an hour. Group lessons usually drop the price around $10 dollars. There are also barns around that allow you to just rent the arena for a certain amount of time. Usually about $20 an hour. However, prices for lessons usually remain the same, even if you haul in your own horse every time. I began my training in SW MO, and it was also about the same, price wise. Crazy what a differnece geography makes!
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In SW Ohio, the barn where my daughter does lessons are $35/hour for group and $45/hr for private. She just happens to be the only rider on her group. :)

I know other places are in the $30-60/hr range, depending on the facility and the level of riding done.
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Big difference here as well. Everything from $25 - 60 for private and $20 - 40 for group whether you are on a lesson horse or not. It can depend on desperation level of the trainer(low fees and few riders or repeat lessons and doesn't haul to shows) as well as how good they are and how their students place in shows. A you get what you pay for situation.
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I am mentoring for my level one coach(just finishing off my instructors certification) and I charge $40/hr for one hour group lessons and $45 for half hour private. My level two coach is $55/hr for group lessons and I *think* its the same for half hour privates. I can't remember off the top of my head. Our lesson barn is different then most though. Our school horses are all trained competition horses. They all have custom fit saddles, high quality feed and are very pampered and spoiled(some getting regular chiro and/or massage work). So that along with how much pride we put behind having certified coaches and instructors we stand out above others which is why our prices are a tad higher then others in the area.

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post #8 of 46 Old 07-25-2013, 02:34 PM
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around here NEPA, lessons are anywhere from $35 to $60 for an hour lesson.
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post #9 of 46 Old 07-25-2013, 03:30 PM
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Most lessons at regular lesson barns around here are $40-75, but lessons with big name trainers will cost you more. In the city itself there are two stables that charge $115 to $150 for private lessons on run of the mill school horses, which is ridiculous when you can just travel out of the city a bit and ride a schoolmaster with an Olympic level trainer for less. But I've never seen the tacking up/untacking as part of the lesson time - that seems quite silly. I can't get a horse ready or untacked/ & cooled off in 15 minutes!
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post #10 of 46 Old 07-25-2013, 04:30 PM
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here in MD i pay $45 for a 30 minute private or a 1 hr group (4-6 in my group)
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