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post #1 of 19 Old 01-12-2009, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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working for lessons ? opinions

Since we had that one thread on here about working for lessons, i've really been trying hard to look into it. i have sat in on a couple lessons so far, and one didn't work out because she didn't have a lesson horse. the other one is where im having a problem.... i went out there and chatted with her. she said she normally charges $85 a lesson for an hour. now she does dressage lessons for little kids but sometimes works with adults. this already seemed really high to me because comparible lessons are around $30-45. So when i said i was hoping to do some trade for lessons, but her price is already out of my range, she sent me this option:

It would be feeding Saturday AM before 9:00 and throwing hay.
Sunday hay in the AM and cleaning stalls and water buckets.

That would put us at one or two lessons a month.

Now i did the math, and if it were 2 hours a day 8 days a month and paid at minimum wage, that would equal $125 and divided by 2 (lessons) that only comes to $62 each. When i was talking to her she said she would be willing to discount a bit because of the economy. I wasn't very impressed with the lesson I sat in. Am i just being too picky, or does it sound a bit like she's trying to take advantage of me? there are 6 or 7 horses, 3 stalls. would it even take me 2 hours each day? even the fancy dressage barn with over a hundred acres down the street only charges $65 an hour and that trainer had competed and won events. i know i probably answered my own question here, but any opinions would be wonderful.

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That is very very high for a lesson:o

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post #3 of 19 Old 01-12-2009, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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ya that's what i thought, and even though i wont pay anything out of pocket, it's still my time and she only does beginner dressage and that's it.
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$85 for beginner dressage lessons?! Yikes. I've taken private lessons from a USDF bronze/silver medalist who only charges $65 for 45 min!

Could you do a trial period with her and see if it's worth your time? If you get something out of the lessons and the work is worth the time spent with her, I'd say go for it. If it were me I'd look around at other places first.
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Lessons instead of pay usually only benefits the barn owner.
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ok so im nixing that lady and went to watch a lesson today and actually ended up taking one! it was a blast, and they're involved in activities and do a lot of group rides and stuff. im really excited and i already had improvement from just the one lesson. and she likes to do patterns, and have goals and stuff. and it's only $30 for a group lesson each. thanks for all your imput guys! it's somewhere to start, once i feel more structured I can advance to possibly more difficult stuff. And she said that as soon as a position opens up at her barn, she'll keep me in mind for work. yay!
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That's great to hear! Having group lessons will definitely help create friendships within the horsey circle as well.

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post #8 of 19 Old 01-13-2009, 07:30 PM
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Hopefully that'll work out for you. I used to work for "lessons" but that turned out me working to get his horses in shape to sell them. And then working to ride colts so he didn't have to. Then finally it became me doing ALL the chores and EVEN training the horses. I trained one more than he did and didn't see a dime, in fact I had to work more to do his training for him. I know I learned, but I got tired of doing so much work for free.

Just be careful when they have you work for no actual pay, they're in control. Just my experience. It's easy to get jipped
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post #9 of 19 Old 01-14-2009, 02:09 AM Thread Starter
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ok ill definitely keep that in mind! what i have been asking the people is what kind of program we can work out, like how much work/time will equal a lesson and go from there.
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In my opinion that is complete bull and ridiculous. I pay $45 for an hours lesson on a lesson horse at my stable. My instructor is Tricia Dahms. She was an olympic eventign qualifier. If i brought my own horse i'd only pay $35 a lesson. she $85 is garbage.
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