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post #31 of 46 Old 08-20-2013, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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I just can't understand why everything has to be so darn expensive in the Bay Area. Decent lessons here are at least $70/hr. I will have to mix it with some grou lesson soon, since I am looking into leasing. The barn that I'm riding at doesnt do half lease, full lease is reasonable at $330/month. But that's alot along with lessons.
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post #32 of 46 Old 08-20-2013, 11:39 PM
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I pay $40 for one hour, for western lessons, and $50 for an hour of dressage. Keep in mind that the dressage is with a grand prix dressage rider.

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post #33 of 46 Old 08-21-2013, 02:27 PM
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It's not even fair to compare the Bay area to southeastern NC where I am. I pay $40 for a 1-hour private lesson. For that, I get one hour of instruction. I arrive early to groom and tack up, and warm up. After an hour, I then cool down, groom, and turn out.
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post #34 of 46 Old 08-21-2013, 02:57 PM
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Here in Manitoba, lessons aren't usually any different if you have your own horse or not. Private lessons range from $40-$65, Group for $27-$45 and Semi-Private anywhere in between. I'm sure there are higher and lower prices around but those are the prices around the largest city centre.
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post #35 of 46 Old 08-21-2013, 07:43 PM
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I'm in central Virginia, in a rather suburban area. We travel to Ashland where we pay $40 for a half hour private or hour group lesson. Our barn is really easy-going - you pretty much just meet in the ring when you are ready and that's when your lesson starts. I have yet to find a clock anywhere so I don't even know if the instructor would know if you are late or slow tacking up! And we do get to do all of our own grooming, tacking up, etc. I even have spent a few days there following around the guy that works there helping muck stalls, feed, etc. (just for experience as I really have never been around horses in my life).
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post #36 of 46 Old 08-27-2013, 03:32 PM
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Pretty expensive for me, 50$ per group lesson.
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post #37 of 46 Old 10-31-2013, 08:24 PM
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I found an amazing barn recently. The instructor owns the whole place and he has a day job which gives him so much $$ that teaching riding is just a hobby for him and he has no need to charge extravagantly. I'm half-leasing a horse right now for $255/month and that includes two practice rides and two lessons (which are 1.5-2 hours long) per week. I'm a lucky gal!
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post #38 of 46 Old 10-31-2013, 08:50 PM
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The last time I took lessons it was dependent on a few things. First if it's group or private, group I think was $35 an hour, and private was about $50 for 45 minutes. However that was with a basic instructor, for a senior one it was probably about $45 for group and $60 for private, and for a specialised one it was more.

Tack up time has always been separate. Come 15 mins early and leave 15 mins late.
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post #39 of 46 Old 10-31-2013, 08:58 PM
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The lessons in my area are pretty on par with what your paying. I'm on Long Island. For a good, well known, trainer your looking at easily $100 an hour. I was paying $50 for a one hour private lesson at my old trainers family back yard barn on their amazing horses. She got weird and never called me back after I wanted to come back for a break. Now the new guy I take lesson with charges $50 for 30 min and $75 for an hour. Our lessons typically last about 45 min though and he doesn't charge me. It's also a backyard barn gone semi commercial. It's he quite a few boarders (10 or 12?) but its still that quiet backyard atmosphere.
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post #40 of 46 Old 12-02-2013, 10:47 PM
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On a side note I live here fit by Stanford also you can ride my horse for free I'm looking for someone to ride her because I can't so often
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