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    08-03-2012, 03:03 PM
  #21
Weanling
We pay $40 per hour for group (2-4 riders) or $60 per hour for private lessons. Our trainer offers a discount if you pay for 6 lessons in advance. ($210 for group, $310 for private).

My 9 year old is basically taking "show" lessons. She shows in AQHA and open shows in both English and Western. We focus in English, but added Western because you must show both to have a chance at high point.

Our trainer has her own barn (but comes to ours once each week). She has credentials and her kids have won district, state an national titles.
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    08-03-2012, 03:25 PM
  #22
Showing
Endiku and Paradise, it very much depends on what kind of lessons you (general you) take with BY trainer (and what one mean by "BY trainer" ). There is no way BY trainer with no show experience and riding experience to upper levels, who don't understand dynamics of the movement for the horse and rider (and many don't as sad as it is) and doesn't have tons of experience working with all kinds of students/horses, will be a good dressage trainer. I'm sorry, but I've never heard about or seen one like that.

P.S. Expensive does NOT mean good either - I 100% degree. I pay less to both my trainers (dressage and eventer, both are well known and awesome to work with challenging riders and horses) than I paid to couple trainers I used before them who taught me almost nothing. Some trainers seem to ask too much for what they give in return. Just because you ride at GP level doesn't make you a good trainer either.
     
    08-03-2012, 04:44 PM
  #23
Teen Forum Moderator
I'm sorry, maybe I just brain farted and am not seeing it, but I never saw anything by the OP saying that she was taking dressage lessons? Yes, ofcourse you need a high level trainer that is most likely going to cost you a lot of money if you want to get into the upper levels of dressage, but that doesn't mean that you can't learn a lot from a trainer who never made it to nationals.

We have three instructors at our farm. All of them had significant formal training in their younger years, and all of them showed. One of them did show with AQHA for about seven years, another is still competing actively in dressage at Third Level with her imported Hanoverian gelding. The other broke horses for a living until she was injured badly enough to need to find a different occupacion. The other was just a simple ranch hand for over 30 years of his life (he is now in his mid 60s) and broke horses, rode the range, and worked cattle. All three are capable trainers even though they might not be able to train someone up into FEI levels of dressage or take a Quarter Horse to congress. They may of been able to, given the chance and money- but none had the financial backing or time to make that happen. Not everyone can shell out that kind of money.

All I'm saying is that you can't always go by how sucessful a person was in the show ring, where they've been, or how ritzy of a place they work at is. There are plenty of honest, well taught people out there. You just have to look for them.

That being said, I'm NOT telling the OP to go get lessons from someone who just wants to make a bit of extra cash with their horses, or someone who isnt insured or set up to give lessons properly. I'm saying to weight your options and not count someone out just because they didnt have the same opportunities as other equestrians.
     
    08-03-2012, 05:06 PM
  #24
Showing
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Originally Posted by Endiku    
We have three instructors at our farm. All of them had significant formal training in their younger years, and all of them showed. One of them did show with AQHA for about seven years, another is still competing actively in dressage at Third Level with her imported Hanoverian gelding. The other broke horses for a living until she was injured badly enough to need to find a different occupacion. The other was just a simple ranch hand for over 30 years of his life (he is now in his mid 60s) and broke horses, rode the range, and worked cattle. All three are capable trainers even though they might not be able to train someone up into FEI levels of dressage or take a Quarter Horse to congress. They may of been able to, given the chance and money- but none had the financial backing or time to make that happen. Not everyone can shell out that kind of money.
I would never call such trainers BY. By capable trainer I do NOT mean the one who'd take you to GP level, but someone who will make you and the horse progress successfully in riding/balance.

And by BY I mean some self-taught "guru" not knowing how to ride/train him/herself, having no idea about basics, etc. As sad as it is I see quite a bit of such "trainers". They are cheap - that's for sure, but those money is nothing but waste.
     
    08-03-2012, 05:22 PM
  #25
Foal
I live in an expensive part of the country (with horses-even more expensive)

I pay $80/lesson (with trainers well-known in my area). Short lesson and private, or long lesson and group.

My old barn was around $50-55 a lesson, but not nearly as good instruction, and up to 9 people in a lesson!
     
    08-06-2012, 08:20 AM
  #26
Foal
Of course it depends on where you go but:
How much do you pay for lessons?

$30

What discipline are they?

English

Are they private or how many are in a group?

Usually private

My instructor was certified and went to collage for it. Usually it's cheaper if they didn't. Maybe like $25 then.
     
    08-06-2012, 11:46 AM
  #27
Banned
I would say 35-50 ($50-80) for around 1 hour.
     
    08-06-2012, 11:53 AM
  #28
Foal
When I first started beginner lessons in groups of 8 people, it was 25 for an hour.
One on one at that school was 40 for an hour.

I now pay 20 for an instructor at my yard using my loan horse, for half hour.

I do English riding

Not sure what prices that is in $$
     
    08-06-2012, 03:59 PM
  #29
Weanling
When I still lived in BFE...
1st trainer: $20/1hr group (sometimes 13+! ) for beginner, intermediate, and gymkhana.
2nd trainer: $35/1 hr private for WP/equitation, reining later on if you wanted

In the SF Bay...
Current trainer: $65/45mins private, $55/45 mins small group, primarily dressage but she trains low level western as well (used to train primarily western YEARS ago)
Different trainer at our barn: $40/1hr private for WP, reining, and hunt seat, primarily AHA geared

Not sure what the other trainers at our barn charge (we have 5 atm), but thank god I'm working for my lessons instead of paying out of pocket!
     
    08-06-2012, 05:29 PM
  #30
Foal
I used to take lessons for around 75 $ (60).
But I think it depends on how good you are or how long you've been riding for. I think the first lesson is always the one that is the most expensive. But I don't remember how much it was.
     

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