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    07-25-2013, 04:33 PM
  #11
Weanling
The barns in Missouri are very competitive with their prices (meaning, every barn charges pretty much the same exact price).
The particular barn I ride at (with a lesson horse OR with your own horse) is:
-Evaluation (Half an hour "orientation") costs $50.
*Every rider must complete the evaluation as it helps properly place you in the program.
-Private lessons (half an hour each) costs $50.
-Monthly package of private lessons (4 lessons per month) costs $180 ($45/lesson).
-Group lessons (which consist of 3-6 riders) and is one hour long costs $40.
-Monthly group lesson package (4 lessons total) is $140 ($35/lesson).
-Monthly group lesson package (6 lessons total) is $195 ($32/lesson).
-Monthly group lesson package (8 lessons total) is $240 ($30/lesson).

Some other facilities offer "Semi-Private" lessons which range from $40-45 for a 45 minute ride. I'm sure our facility would do that but they just don't have it listed on the price sheet.

I'm not entirely sure why prices are set at what they are...I'm sure the upkeep of the horses has a large role with it (especially if you're using the facilities horses), but I partially think it has to do with showing as well.
*Example: I live near a large horse showing community....HUGE for Hunter/Jumpers and Dressage. Put it this way, I live about 15 minutes from a National Equestrian Center--so I'm sure the lesson fees are expensive but are, of course, going to be to worth while. Most people aren't getting lessons just for pleasure riding (not saying some aren't) but are instead learning to ride well and, hopefully, place well in shows. Whereas if you consider the fees where I'm located at to facilities just a couple hours away...you can find a place that'll train you for pleasure riding for a mere $10 per lesson (45-an hour long lesson). So depending on your location, it could have a HUGE factor in the cost.
^Again, that's simply pricing for my location. :3 Good luck with your search!
     
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    07-25-2013, 04:35 PM
  #12
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UK, I pay 35 for an hour on my horse, private one to one lesson with a Ride With Your Mind instructor.
     
    07-25-2013, 05:56 PM
  #13
Green Broke
I've taken lessons in ND for about $45

I've also taken lessons in AZ. If I recall, those were about $40.

Both were for about an hour. Both on lesson horses.
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    07-25-2013, 06:16 PM
  #14
Foal
So I guess it is not that crazy out of line.
Here is the rate for Stanford:
Single Group Lesson (1 hour) $75
Private Lessons (45 minutes) $100.00

This other barn has an evaluation class (no idea what it entails)
$85 evaluation
Private lesson: $325/5 classes ($65 each for 45 min), I think until I can tack my own horse, the time will cut into my lesson time, so I really will only get to ride for 30 minutes which makes it super expensive. I can do almost everything but I'm not too good with the bridle and halter so at least a few more times.

My old ranch that I use to ride 15 years ago : $70/hr and I will be on the horse for a full hour. Seems more reasonable.

The barn that I ride now is the cheapest and closest to home, $60/hr (horse time), I pretty much tack my own and then my trainer will help me put the halter and bridle on until i'm comfortable. However, my trainer just fell off and got stepped on the chest and there is only one other english trainer, so I may not be able to train there.
     
    07-25-2013, 07:50 PM
  #15
Showing
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Originally Posted by plomme    
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!
My mom used to say the same to me about having to tack your own horse.. but believe me when I say that when I went to a barn that did it all for me, I never felt so disconnected or bumbly in my life. I missed picking out hooves and cinching up or girthing a saddle. I missed grooming sessions and mini massages and brushing out a horse's tail.

Riding lessons should not just be about the riding. Horses are not machines and you build such a better relationship with them when you do things like tacking up or grooming or fetching from a field.

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Originally Posted by Fayewokf    
So I guess it is not that crazy out of line.
Here is the rate for Stanford:
Single Group Lesson (1 hour) $75
Private Lessons (45 minutes) $100.00

This other barn has an evaluation class (no idea what it entails)
$85 evaluation
Private lesson: $325/5 classes ($65 each for 45 min), I think until I can tack my own horse, the time will cut into my lesson time, so I really will only get to ride for 30 minutes which makes it super expensive. I can do almost everything but I'm not too good with the bridle and halter so at least a few more times.

My old ranch that I use to ride 15 years ago : $70/hr and I will be on the horse for a full hour. Seems more reasonable.

The barn that I ride now is the cheapest and closest to home, $60/hr (horse time), I pretty much tack my own and then my trainer will help me put the halter and bridle on until i'm comfortable. However, my trainer just fell off and got stepped on the chest and there is only one other english trainer, so I may not be able to train there.
Yeah it can be anywhere from $30 for half an hour to $70 for half an hour in Maryland, and I've also found in New Zealand.

At the moment I drive 2 hours to take a 1 hour lesson with this amaaazing trainer who charges $70. It sounds crazy but the lessons are pure heaven for me. I groom and tack up (while she's teaching someone else) and then I ride and get to untack, groom, and put her away.

I have a barn 20 minutes from me that tacks up for me and I prefer this one that is that much farther away.
     
    07-25-2013, 08:14 PM
  #16
Foal
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
My mom used to say the same to me about having to tack your own horse.. but believe me when I say that when I went to a barn that did it all for me, I never felt so disconnected or bumbly in my life. I missed picking out hooves and cinching up or girthing a saddle. I missed grooming sessions and mini massages and brushing out a horse's tail.

Riding lessons should not just be about the riding. Horses are not machines and you build such a better relationship with them when you do things like tacking up or grooming or fetching from a field.



Yeah it can be anywhere from $30 for half an hour to $70 for half an hour in Maryland, and I've also found in New Zealand.

At the moment I drive 2 hours to take a 1 hour lesson with this amaaazing trainer who charges $70. It sounds crazy but the lessons are pure heaven for me. I groom and tack up (while she's teaching someone else) and then I ride and get to untack, groom, and put her away.

I have a barn 20 minutes from me that tacks up for me and I prefer this one that is that much farther away.
No, I totally get it, tack our own horse at all these barns. The thing is, the time you use to tack the horse, she charges as lesson time!!!
I guess it's only when I need help say in the bridle part. Befo I get observed by the instructor and they know that I can actually do this on my own, the tack and untack time will be built into my lesson. So a 45 min lesson I may ride like 20 minutes only. You know what I mean?
     
    07-25-2013, 08:16 PM
  #17
Showing
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Originally Posted by Fayewokf    
No, I totally get it, tack our own horse at all these barns. The thing is, the time you use to tack the horse, she charges as lesson time!!!
I guess it's only when I need help say in the bridle part. Befo I get observed by the instructor and they know that I can actually do this on my own, the tack and untack time will be built into my lesson. So a 45 min lesson I may ride like 20 minutes only. You know what I mean?
Definitely know what you mean. Can't you ask her if you can grab the horse and tack up before your lesson begins?
     
    07-25-2013, 08:43 PM
  #18
Foal
Yes, but I am embarrassed because I can only do the grooming an saddling, I can't put the bridle on yet, I can hardly out the harness on my dog, I'm dumb.

Even if you can groom and tack, she still said most ppl ride for 30 min... That's almost double from the other places...
     
    07-25-2013, 08:57 PM
  #19
Showing
You'll get it soon :) I used to struggle.. now I could probably do it blindfolded.

Bottom line is that whichever option you go with I hope you have lots of fun!
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    07-25-2013, 09:35 PM
  #20
Foal
Thank you!! Nothing wrong in trying out different barns right?
     

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