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post #11 of 16 Old 12-04-2013, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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Alright, so I contacted 7 barns in all. All of the barns were within reasonable driving distance... 5 said "no" and then 2 never got back to me. A friend told me that a her trainer would let us use her indoor for free! Great!... I was a little suspicious about it being free but I thought that maybe because it's small (only enough room to ride on a 20 m. circle) that it wouldn't cost too much if it didn't end up being free. Yesterday, my friend told me she talked with her trainer about it again and it turns out she wants $75 dollars minimum to rent it for a maximum of two hours. WHAT?!? Isn't that really expensive?! Especially for SUCH and small arena! I guess I'm just going to make do with riding in the cold, on the flatish part of the cow pasture....
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post #12 of 16 Old 12-04-2013, 09:44 AM
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Nope, I wouldn't pay that much. For that price you could trailer in somewhere for a private lesson. And at that dollar amount, you'd be well on your way to paying full board if you went there once a week! I hate it when people go back on what they say price-wise... we were renting a trailer from a lady at my old barn and she named a reasonable price when we asked her. About two days before the horse was supposed to be moved she suddenly jacked the price up astronomically.

Personally, I probably wouldn't even bother with an arena that small unless it was pretty darn close to free!
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post #13 of 16 Old 12-04-2013, 10:57 AM
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None of the barns in my area offer hourly arena rentals. Most allow haul ins.
Maybe try changing your wording.
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Anebel, I always thought that when people said "haul-ins" they meant people who wanted to trailer in for lessons not just people who want to trailer in just to ride...
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post #15 of 16 Old 12-04-2013, 11:46 AM
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Nope. A haul in is someone who wants to trailer in to ride. A haul in and lesson is someone who wants to haul in for a lesson.
To rent the arena, the owners have to shut it down to boarders for that time and most are not willing to do that without major compensation. Day rates are around $400-500 and can be up to $1000.

A normal haul in rate is about $25 :)
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post #16 of 16 Old 12-04-2013, 01:07 PM
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I contacted number of barns around me while back to see if I can ride in the arena for an hour or two. The only barn that turned me down was in fact rescue. All others were OK, and the price was $15-25/hour (depending on place).

BTW, I did ask if I can "rent" in my emails (although in 1 or 2 the owner stated that I may not be the only one to ride, the borders can be there too).

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