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post #1 of 32 Old 08-01-2012, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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How much should lessons cost?

I'm planning on starting lessons again soon and I'm just curious, how much do you pay for lessons?

What discipline are they?

Are they private or how many are in a group?

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post #2 of 32 Old 08-01-2012, 01:12 PM
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The price for lessons can vary on what area you live in and who's teaching. In my area the average "backyard trainer" will charge $25/ hr private lesson. If you go to someone that is reputable, prices go up. If I take a lesson, I'll expect to pay anywhere from 60-75/hr private; but I will go to someone who is not a "backyard trainer" I know Todd Flettrich was charging $125/hr private about two years ago. However, that is for something far more advanced. If youre looking for your basic lesson, I'd say plan anywhere from 40-50 depending on where you live for a decent lesson.

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Depends on area. I'm taking private lessons (I had not luck progressing with group of semi), and the range is $50 - 80 for 45 mins. Group is cheaper (usually around $40). I'm talking about English lessons (dressage or jumping).

P.S. I'm talking about reputable trainers and known barns, not some cheap BY trainer knowing nothing. Those could be anywhere $25 - 40, BUT it's a complete waste of money (even worse, because then you'll have to re-train the horse).

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post #4 of 32 Old 08-01-2012, 01:18 PM
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It depends on your area and the instructor.

how much do you pay for lessons?

$40 a week.

What discipline are they?


Are they private or how many are in a group?

Two other people in my group.
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For my dressage lessons I pay $85/45 minutes plus stabling ($30/day - so $115 total) and trailering for 4 hours each way if I go to my coach's barn. Or $150/45 minutes plus travel (which we usually split, ends up like $20/lesson - so $170 total) if my coach comes up to my barn. And I consider that reasonable. I've paid up to $550/45 minutes in a clinic/symposium type setting before.

For a good lower level coach, expect to be charged $40-50 for a 45 minute individual lesson and $30 for a group lesson in dressage. Anything less than that and you're likely paying for an uninsured, uneducated, lower level rider themselves. Always ask if the coach has insurance, and a quick Google search always pulls up good tidbits of info. USDF keeps a great, easily accessible record on everyone that's ridden in their shows so looking up results and levels ridden is really simple.

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post #6 of 32 Old 08-01-2012, 01:25 PM
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I don't take lessons anymore, but I used to.

It was originally $21 an hour (group of 2-5 usually)
Or $36 an hour (private)

But then it was changed to
$25 group
$35 private

They pretty much taught anything you wanted to do which ranged from learning to tack up & ride, barrel racing, WP, dressage, jumping, roping, steer wrestling, etc.
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post #7 of 32 Old 08-01-2012, 02:28 PM
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I'd say the average going rate here is about $40-65 for a private 45-60min lesson with a decent instructor (English).
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It varies. For the barns that people go to just to learn how to ride, podunk around, and just enjoy the ride, It's about $25 for a group lesson. $35 for private. Now, I'm currently taking lessons at a barn that centers around -showing- and making people show ring quality. You have to wear long boots/black half chaps, hair net, polo shirt, the whole get up just for lessons. It's because we are a representation of our trainer, and we need to look the part all the time. Now, she is also very fun, caring, and awesome. She's not all business, and we mess around and chat while we cool the horses down and whatnot. But when we are taking our lesson, your taking a lesson. And I love that enviroment!! But lessons here are $45, private only, plus a $10 haul-in fee if you don't board. So it's a big jump from our old price of $35, but we are learning so much more, so much better, so much more quickly.

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I pay $80 for an hour and I haul 2 hours r/t to get there and back.

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post #10 of 32 Old 08-01-2012, 06:22 PM
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The barns I've ridden at/trainers I've ridden with has really varied.

Used to take lessons that were $55 and hour for semi private
Have taken lessons that are $75 an hour for private
Currently take lessons that are $30 for private and the trainer travels to you

There's always a huge variation and it often depends on the level at which you're riding.
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