Do you think and instructor would let me? - The Horse Forum

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 03-09-2010, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: California.<3
Posts: 3
• Horses: 0
Do you think and instructor would let me?

Hey horse lovers! I'm new here (just joined today) and I'm still getting the hang of this. I have a question, and I don't know where else to ask. I'm dying to take equestrian lessons this summer, but it's so expensive! My jaw dropped when I saw how much money some lessons cost. I was talking to my mom about it, and she can't afford $475 for ten sessions--go figure. Then she said, "What if the owner/instructor of the place would let you work off some of the pay for the lessons?" Like, pretty much have a job cleaning up around the barn.

Is that too absurd? Have any of you heard of anyone doing any such thing?
Would You Kindly is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 03-09-2010, 12:06 AM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
Posts: 1,083
• Horses: 2
First, WELCOME TO THE FORUM!!!

No, that is not totally absurd. That's what I started out doing, shortly after started working some of the horses; then after I was there about a year, the BO let me give lessons. I didn't buy my horse until I was ready to move out of state (took him with me). I really didn't need a horse while working there because I had access to ride 14 horses. Not to mention that it helped me learn how to take care of them!

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!
charlicata is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 03-09-2010, 02:07 AM
Started
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: California
Posts: 1,911
• Horses: 6
Yeah, that's definitely nothing unusual if your instructor agrees. People do that sort of thing all the time =)
rocky pony is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 03-09-2010, 08:53 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: West Cork, Ireland
Posts: 523
• Horses: 1
Lots of places do give free lessons to people who help out at the yard (barn), however I don't think you'll get very far asking straight off for free lessons, and don't forget you won't be the only person looking for freebies, so they may not want you helping out. See if you can pay for a few lessons, hang around the place after your lesson and see if you can help the staff and take it from there.

$475 for 10 lessons is very expensive tho', is that the only place local to you?

"Did I not just use the word 'puzzling'?"

Lobelia Overhill is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 03-09-2010, 09:04 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Posts: 13,165
• Horses: 3
Welcome to the forum!

Working off lessons is pretty common and an excellent way of not only learning to ride, but learning about horses in general.

As for the cost ($475 for 10 lessons), I don't think that's bad at all, especially if they are hour lessons. That comes down to $47.50 per lesson hour. A lot of the rate depends on who the instructor is, how well he/she teaches, what they are going to teach you, and what the going rate in your area is. In another area of the country, the same instruction may cost over $600, and in another area, only $300.

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.


It's not always what you say but what they hear.
iridehorses is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 03-09-2010, 08:57 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 1,014
• Horses: 3
I did that 2 years ago. Did it for a year. The only reason I stopped doing it that way was because my instructor was just annoyed by having to bank hours and stuff Now I actually work for her and get paid. But that's okay cause I don't pay for lessons anymore. EEK. In my area $475 for 10 lessons is EXPENSIVE at all the barns but mine. Usually its $27.50/per lesson in my area.

Except my barn its $50 a lesson because my instructor is an olympian. Good luck
Beau Baby is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 03-09-2010, 09:27 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Maryland
Posts: 1,222
• Horses: 1
That's what I do. At my barn almost all of the work is done by people working to pay for lessons and board.
Amba1027 is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 03-09-2010, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: California.<3
Posts: 3
• Horses: 0
Thank you everyone, I definitely ask now. All of your answers were a big help! :)
Would You Kindly is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
User fee? Instructor using barn mls Barn Maintenance 13 01-13-2010 09:16 PM
Instructor Fall Out Aliboo English Riding 15 12-09-2009 07:57 PM
I LOVE my Instructor :D! anrz English Riding 2 10-17-2009 06:36 PM
I'm going to be an instructor!!!! BurningAmber520 Horse Talk 5 07-03-2009 09:29 PM
Is anyone on here an instructor? heartscontent English Riding 9 01-23-2009 08:11 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome