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  • How much should horse riding lessons cost in michigan
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    08-01-2012, 11:33 PM
Yup... I'm going to be broke. I was looking at stables in MI and one I was considering was $45 for 45 minutes. Which seems about right. I'm going to try out a couple and decide which one I feel like I'll learn the most at.

That is a lot of money for a college student to be spending on something that seems unnecessary... I'm not entirely sure how I'm justifying this in my head. But I haven't taken lessons in so long!
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    08-02-2012, 12:36 AM
My instructor is a certified English and Western coach and she charges $40 per hour and travels to us, she lives close by.
    08-02-2012, 03:03 PM
Your location says western, ny. I'm in the Fingerlakes area, and pay $30.00 an hour for a private lesson. I know my instructor does travel for lessons, and he does training as well, but for me, he's just up the road, so I go to his barn. In this area, that's a good price, being way out in the middle of nowhere as we are! ;)
    08-02-2012, 03:13 PM
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I think they *should* be free..... but apparently my trainer likes to eat and have a roof over her head.

$65 for an hour lesson IF there are multiple lessons (she travels to us and several of us will have back to back lessons) and $75 for an hour if only 1 person is having a lesson unless she happens to be in the general area for other reasons. Supposedly she will discount the $65 lesson if you haul to her training facility but I've never asked about it or done so.
    08-02-2012, 04:33 PM
I used to pay $30 for an hour private lesson.

Then I switched, and went to a far better, more helpful and more experienced trainer who charges $25. How does that work? Anyways, I see it as I'm getting the best deal possible.

My trainer (who charges the $25) is, I guess what you guys are calling a 'backyard' trainer, but I absolutely disagree with it being said that they have nothing to offer and aren't worth the money. This trainer is extremely experienced and knowledgable. She has helped me more and brought me farther in the year I've been with her than the two and a half years I was at a 'reputable lesson barn'.

I think that if she set her place up to be a lesson barn and focused solely on lessons, she could charge a lot more, but her first job is training, not instructing. That's the reason I prefer her so much more to the typical lesson scenario.

I guess what I'm trying to say is: don't underestimate cheap, 'backyard' trainers. Prices are going to vary a bit in different areas, but being more expensive doesn't always mean you're more qualified.
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    08-02-2012, 06:05 PM
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I have to agree with Paradise. Although there are definitely more bad than good 'backyard trainers', just because someone's prices are lower than $80 an hour or they aren't extremely well known does not make them a bad trainer. Different people need different types of training, and sometimes it just isn't necessary to pay that much for a big-name trainer if you're just looking for someone who is willing to help you strengthen your skills and get in tune with your horse- not go win national shows.

We give riding lessons where I work, and I'm an assistant instructor. The barn charges $35 per lesson for a group of 3-5 riders. While I'll admit right now that we are not the place to go to if you're looking to ride fancy $10,000 horses and learn how to jump four foot fences or execute the perfect piaffe, we are perfectly capable of teaching SAFE, CORRECT riding that is based off of balance, thought, and communication- not training aids, whips, and mouth hauling. None of our instructors are world time champions and none of our horses are worth more than a few thousand dollars, but that doesn't make us no good.

Before coming to the farm where I now work and take lessons, I went to another supposively 'higher quality' farm that charged $50 per group lesson and $65 for a private. Honestly though? I learned less there in a year of lessons than I did at this farm. They didnt teach me how to tack up, didn't teach me how to lead or cool out a horse, didn't teach me how to seek contact...the list goes on. And they had exactly the same type of horses we do. Retrained OTTBs, former ranch horses, all arounders. And if you wanted to hang around and watch or spend some time with the horses or some friends, you might as well forget it. Where I am now its pretty much a family atmosphere. You're always welcome and someone is always willing to teach you something or give you advice. I don't know about you guys but I'd much rather the personable, knowledgable trainer for $35.

OP, shop around a bit. Find someone who's teaching style you like, and go from there. Sit in on a few lessons if you can, ask them questions. You'll find someone! :)
    08-02-2012, 06:55 PM
How much do you pay for lessons? $55 per hour, and I take a lesson every Friday... tomorrow YAY!

What discipline are they? English.

Are they private or how many are in a group? Private
    08-03-2012, 11:07 AM
Well I pay around 12.5 us dollars (it's 250000 Tomans) For one hour, it takes like 1,5h to get there, and it's group lessons , but I usually go there a bit soon so I can get private lessons
    08-03-2012, 01:38 PM
I pay around $600 a month for 3 English lessons a week and it's still not enough!
    08-03-2012, 02:49 PM
My lessons are $ 28 for 45 minutes
Here they range from $20 an hour - $60 and hour

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