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        08-09-2010, 05:43 PM
    Other Solutions?

    I can't afford to do lessons, I don't have money or space for a horse. Trail Rides can't be that expensive right? Are they worth it? Or could I offer to help and with my hours instead of pay--- ride? What should I do?

    Thank you,
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        08-09-2010, 05:51 PM
    Lots of lesson barns are willing to let you work off some if not all of the price of your lessons. Trail riding in my area is just as expensive and honestly, you don't learn much other than pull and kick. Call around to local lesson barns, be upfront about your financial situation and offer to do what they ask of you in return for either a discounted rate or a freebie lesson.
        08-09-2010, 05:58 PM
    Lessons are like $50 per hour, and trail rides maybe $20...
    Okay, thanks.. :)
        08-09-2010, 06:44 PM
    I agree, riding at a trail barn will not make you a good rider.
        08-09-2010, 06:44 PM
    Wow, I've never heard of $50/hour lessons. I've seen anywhere from $20-$35 around here, even from some of the best show barns.
        08-09-2010, 06:54 PM
    I found one for 25/lesson.
        08-09-2010, 09:50 PM
    Wow, around here trail rides are super expensive... like $40/hour.

    Lessons anywhere from $20-80/hour
        08-09-2010, 09:59 PM
    Green Broke
    Around here trail rides are $25/hour and private lessons start at $40/hour. You can learn a lot on a trail ride if you have the group that is there to learn and a good instructor as leader. However, most trail rides are very casual and geared to folks that have never/rarely been on a horse, and the horses are basically on 'follow the leader auto-pilot'.
        08-09-2010, 11:09 PM
    Where are you at? I would be looking at finding a barn/stable that is willing to let you work off lessons.

    As a trainer, a trail horse is not a horse you will learn much off of, because they are trained to follow the leader, so to speak, and because of the nature of a trail ride, that is what you will be expected to do...sit there and 'enjoy the ride'. Find a barn willing to work with you, and you will learn much more.
        08-10-2010, 12:08 AM
    Originally Posted by iLoveHorsez    
    I found one for 25/lesson.
    Be careful when you are shopping for lessons. Make sure you ar learning from a Quality instructor. And if you are going to be spending $20 per trail ride versus X amount of dollars to take lessons, it would be worth more to invest in your lessons.

    Also, have you thought about taking lessons every other week? It may not be the most glamorous option, but it may help until you are able to get a job and help pay for weekly lessons.

    Like others have said, many barns offer programs to work off lesson fees. It won't hurt to ask, and you will learn a whole lot about barn chores and horse care by doing so.

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