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!
Last edited by Quixotic; 03-01-2011 at 01:50 AM.