Join Date: May 2014
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
• Horses: 0
$180 seems about average around here. The ads I've seen are around $100 for 2 rides a week to $400 for unlimited rides. There was one horse I saw that was $50 for unlimited rides, but that almost seemed too good to be true.
Things went well with the horse yesterday though. He's very different from the lesson horses I've been riding, but very obedient at the same time. He just responds slightly differently. And the coach (who is also the owner of the horse) I think she'll be really good to work with. She said before my first lesson we'd sit down and discuss my goals, then come up with a plan to get there, then every 2 months or so, sit down again, review how far we've come and see if any changes need to be made.
Oh and his name is Blueberry, but they call him Blue. Almost seems like it's meant to be, since Blue is my favourite colour and I love blueberries! Obviously I won't make a decision based on the name of the horse or anything, but I did really enjoy riding him. It felt really good and I think I can learn a lot from him.
His owner is pretty flexible about when I can ride. She'll be doing lessons on Tues, Thurs and Sun, so I can pick either of those days for my lesson. Then my rides on my own can be any of the other days. I could even go in the morning before work, which would be awesome. (Totally doable, the horse is moving to a new barn that's pretty much on my way to work. And we have a gym with showers at work so I don't have to worry about smelling like a barn all day).
The only downside I can see so far is she said the price is most likely going to go up in September, since the new place she's boarding him at is much more expensive. I'm still waiting to hear back from one other barn about their program. I'm giving them a little time since it's a holiday weekend here, but if I haven't heard from them by Wednesday I'm going to probably contact her and let her know that I'd like to go with him!