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post #1 of 34 Old 02-27-2011, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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how do you pay for your lessons?

ok so i just started taking lessons at a new barn and it is alot more expensive then my old barn and i was wondering how do you guys pay for your lessons? thank you so much!

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post #2 of 34 Old 02-27-2011, 04:46 PM
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I write my trainer a check. Since I board with her, at the end of each month she gives me a bill for how much I owe her in lessons/training for the previous month and my board for the next month.
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post #3 of 34 Old 02-27-2011, 06:20 PM
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Lessons?? Who can afford lessons?? I barely have enough money to feed myself at the end of the month, so I'm mostly self taught.

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i took jumping lesson for 2 yrs, becasue i was brought up in westren but my dream was to jump, so i worked at the barn (fed the horses, mucked out all the stalls etc.) for lessons.

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This year I work part-time and am in high school, so I just budget out my money.

Last year I literally saved every Penney and cut corners where ever I could to give me extra money. With a little help from Mom I managed to pay for my lessons.

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post #6 of 34 Old 02-27-2011, 07:35 PM
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Me & my parents have an agreement - They pay board and half lessons, and I pay half lessons and any extras, tack, or shows. I pay in cash after every lesson. This requires me to save every penny, literally. I haven't spent a dime on anything non-horse related in over 7 months. With my old trainer, I would worked off my half of lessons, but unfortunately, I can't with my current trainer =(
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post #7 of 34 Old 02-27-2011, 08:16 PM
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i muck stalls
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post #8 of 34 Old 02-27-2011, 08:39 PM
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When I was your age I started my own bussnes. I put up a flyer in my barn offering to groom and lunge other peoples horses when they could not. I also would clean thier tack and anything eles they needed. I got quiet a bit of exctra income from the adults (like me now) who can not get to the barn as much as they would like. I could make a hunderd a week sometimes.

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post #9 of 34 Old 02-27-2011, 08:43 PM
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I'll be putting up my tack cleaning flyers in the local tack shops to pay for Excel's eventing lessons
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post #10 of 34 Old 02-27-2011, 09:13 PM
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I am able to work off the costs of leasing, shows, and part of lesson costs- it's hard work but if you want it bad enough you can make it happen. I also get a lot of rides on boarder horses when they need to be ridden or if their owners are out of town, so that may be a plus once people see how dedicated you are!
If you are prepared to work hard, I would check with the instructors there to see if you could arrange something to pay for lessons.

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