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post #11 of 34 Old 02-27-2011, 10:11 PM
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I take a lesson once a week, and I write 1 cheque for a total of all 4 lessons in a month. It makes it much easier :)

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post #12 of 34 Old 02-27-2011, 10:42 PM
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I pay in cash at the end of every lesson, it's not as painful when i'm only playing for one lesson at a time lol, and my lessons are very cheap compared to most in the area, i only pay $35 for a hour(and she's generous with her time) semi-private, although my ridding buddy's car is in the shop so the past few lessons have been private and she hasn't charged me extra, when i start taken lessons at a different barn with a dressage trainer the lessons will be $50 an hour
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post #13 of 34 Old 02-28-2011, 01:25 AM
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I basically had to cut out all the non-horsey hobby stuff. So, no soccer matches that require a plane ticket or collecting expensive jerseys, or splurging at American Eagle.

My lessons are also pretty cheap, at $35 an hour, although she cuts us a discount if we pay in advance so it's only $120 for 4 lessons, which is what I do.

I'm probably going to ask her to teach me how to braid so I can hopefully offer up my services to anyone who might need it as a way to help finance not only my lessons but also my own show fees. (I may also get her to teach me how to bodyclip.)
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post #14 of 34 Old 02-28-2011, 10:47 AM
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My parents pay at the end of a session of about 2 months...I am planning on doing chores around the barn and my trainer offsets the cost of either lessons or board when you work there. If you can you can ride other peoples horses and they might pay you, or you could braid, since braiding is a good way to make money. I'm planning on learning how to braid before show season really comes around in my area.

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post #15 of 34 Old 02-28-2011, 11:05 AM
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I used to work and live at barns (mucking, turnout, feeding) a few years back but then i got a "grown-up" job and bought a condo so i had to quit lessons.

I'm trying to come to an arrangement with an instructor for me to take 1 lesson a month, to get this money i have stumbled upon a grooming (3 times a month) job and a helping to muck stalls job that my friend is having to take a break from due to her getting surgery. It'll only be temporary but if i really get into the lessons i'm thinking i'll try and rent out my spare room for some extra cash.
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post #16 of 34 Old 02-28-2011, 09:23 PM
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At the moment, I'm my coach's "slave" haha. I babysit, groom, muck out, feed, clean tack, attend shows as a groom, do a bit of admin stuff and assist her in starting her young horses in exchange for lessons or feed or other random horse products. It means that I don't have to pay for them, she doesn't have to be completely run off her feet and I've got more horsey experience to put on my CV/resume.

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post #17 of 34 Old 02-28-2011, 09:55 PM
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I work overtime to afford lessons, but even at that, I have had to drop down to two lessons a month. Hopefully with my new job, it will be easier to have a few more lessons!

I pay by writing a cheque. If I take an extra lesson, I just write an extra cheque, or pay cash.

Our lessons are paid for at the beginning of the month, for a two month period. Jan-Feb, Mar-Apr, May-June, July-Aug, Sept-Oct, Nov-Dec. July and August can be paid for seperately, but ONLY if you arent going to be around for a few weeks of the one.

If my BO could keep track of cheques...I would probably just post date them all for the year.

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post #18 of 34 Old 02-28-2011, 10:07 PM
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My lessons cost $40 in an hour group. My group is actually just me and another girl, so I get TONS of riding time, and I probably couldn't go any longer, because it is so tiring :) I take them once a week. Oh, and I have gas, so that's about $10 a day as well.

I've got a car payment now though, so I'm sure my lessons will be cut back to every other week. Also, the lessons at the eventing barn I'm looking at is $50/hr, which I'm sure I'll only be able to do about twice a month.

I'm hoping I may be able to work some of it off.. :)

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post #19 of 34 Old 02-28-2011, 11:23 PM
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Wow, curse my skim-reading habit! I thought the title said how MUCH do you pay for lessons.. :p

So right now I just have a job, but hopefully I can be a stable hand for at least some money off ;)

I was wondering why no one came outright and said the amount they paid

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post #20 of 34 Old 03-01-2011, 01:46 AM
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When I was growing up, my dad would pay for riding lessons as long as I got A's. The official deal was "one lesson per A", although I took 1 lesson per week & certainly didn't have 52 classes lol

11th grade - 2nd year of college, after my dad decided to stop paying for lessons & I couldn't afford to pay for them myself, my trainer made a deal with me that I'd get free lessons + discounted coaching/trailering fees at shows & xc schoolings in exchange for me cleaning out the trailer, grooming/tacking the schooling ponies, teaching beginner lessons, exercising boarder horses, & keeping the tack room/grooming areas neat & tidy. This is also when I got my horse, Simon - basically, it was a completely free full lease, I just had to put in the "work" to re-train him. I put in about 15 hours a week doing this, & loved every minute of it.

I moved away after my 2nd year of college & only had one or two lessons per year for about 5 years, which I would pay for out of pocket, although my trainer gave me as much of a discount as she could.

Now, I make an hour & a half drive once or twice a week to ride with her, & she gives me a huge discount. I pay $45 for a 1/2 hour private or 1 hour group, although if you count my warm-up time + random riding after my official lesson time is up, I always end up riding for about an hour & a half. I'm not sure how much everyone else pays - I'd guess around $60, although the rate was $80 before she left our big eventing barn & went to a much smaller private barn, so I'm really not sure how much she's actually adjusted the rate, since she didn't set the prices at the old barn. I write out checks for 10 lessons at a time. I'm paying for them with insurance settlement money from the god awful car accident I was in last year - horrible experience, but at least it's funding my lessons!

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