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.