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post #1 of 14 Old 07-07-2012, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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What does the cost of a riding lesson include?

Yesterday when I was at the barn, I heard a mom yelling at her child because of the cost of a riding lesson. (now let me fill you in)

My daughter's trainer, same as this other girl's, has stopped working at barns because it doesn't earn enough money, but she is still willing to give weekly lessons to my daughter and this girl. When the trainer was working at the barn, she got $10 per lesson and at our old barn she got $20. The overall cost of a lesson was either $40 at our current place and $50 and the old barn. The trainer is planning to charge a (common) price of $40 per lesson.

To continue with the story, the mom was very mad (to use a non bad word) at her child because the trainer only got $10 so she thought that the trainer shouldn't charge more than that and the daughter said that the rest of the money was going towards gas money and the trainer is coming out escpecially for her and my kid so the extra money was for the 45 min it took her toget overhere. Her mom added that her husband, who travels outside of state for work jobs (painting houses and stuff), doesnt include bask the price.

So, my final question is... Does the cost of an outside barn lesson include gas price/travel time or as the trainer being a rip off?
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-07-2012, 11:59 AM
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When I have gotten a lesson at home I paid the going rate of the lesson $50 plus $20 travelling fee.


But her traveling to me saves me taking my horse to her. So I guess it is a wash.

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If there is travel time and gas involved, you betcha that will be integrated in the price of the lesson! Not to mention the time the trainer is taking out of her day to teach the kids - lets figure a minimum of three hours from the time she leaves her house to the moment she gets back to her house... So at $40 for a lesson, she's earning $13/ hour - lets factor in gas at $10 for a round trip and now she's earning $10/hour - that isn't much.
Personally I'd look at charging my lesson rate and maybe mileage if the client was that far away.
I ride 5 days per week and my travel time is about 45 mins one way... Huge wear and year on my car!! I figure I spend about $10-15 for a round trip on gas, plus I'm racking up the miles on my poor car... I swear I just had the oil changed and it's due again!
$45 is a deal, when you factor everything (the trainer's overhead) in.
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How could this possibly be a rip off? The price is $40. If you want the lesson, pay the lady. If you don't, then don't schedule a lesson.

Pretty easy to understand isn't it?

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I pay $40 and take the horse to her!! For her to come to me would be $65 an hour no matter what.
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How could this possibly be a rip off? The price is $40. If you want the lesson, pay the lady. If you don't, then don't schedule a lesson.

Pretty easy to understand isn't it?

I agree with you, I really don't understand why the lady was so angry with her kid but who knows, people are crazy.
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If you have a chance, break it down to her.. Really $40 for a lesson where there's that much travel involved is a steal.
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For a dressage trainer to come to me, have a 1hr private lesson, and with mileage (45min drive) it is $120 per lesson.

My hunter/jumper trainer makes a 1hr drive and does a weekly group lesson with 5-7 riders for $35 ea. But she also has another lesson and training horses that same day, so lots more income and cost sharing to keep that price low.

$40 a lesson is a good rate. The barn trainer (who is onsite) charges $35 for a non-private 30min lesson.

If the trainer was charging mileage, plus gas, plus travel time... that would be double dipping. But charging for mileage, or gas + travel time is standard for trainers.

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For me to go to a barn for riding lessons, it would be $35-40 each lesson. Lessons are usually anywhere between 30 min- 1 hour long. So if this trainer is charging $40 to come to there, I would consider that a good deal.
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post #10 of 14 Old 07-07-2012, 02:33 PM
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Seems a reasonable rate for someone to go travel to another place. My instructor charges less if it's a group lesson (me & my husband) more if I come alone, pretty much the same rates everyone said. I haul to her place, a little over a half hour away so there's expense of the diesel & my travel time. Sure there are instructors closer by & some that will travel to my place but I chose this person as she is the most effective trainer I have used so even if she charged more & lived further away, I would still go. Sounds like the mother is ticked as she has to spend a few more bucks on her kid's activities, understandable as not everyone can afford it. Hopefully she budgets the extra cash rather than let lessons go by the wayside.
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