I take lessons at one of the most expensive barns in my area, about $50 for a 30 minute private lesson and I found out today that my instructor only gets $10 out of that and the barn owner gets the rest! Since the instructor is there from start to finish with me, it amounts to a little over 1 1/2 hours...
The instructor is young but I find her extremely knowledgeable and we totally click in a teacher/student role and I've always wanted that from lessons... but I cannot help but feel extremely guilty that she's only being paid so little. Obviously I expected her to give some of the money to the barn owner, but I never imagined that she would be making less than $20 to $25 per lesson.
(Disclaimer: The instructor is somehow related to the barn owner and I think they live in the same house but I'm not 100% sure on that.)
I know this is stupid but should I feel guilty? I almost feel like talking to the barn owner but I know that would be overstepping things here... it just doesn't seem right in the grand scheme of things and it bugs me for some reason. It actually bugs me a lot! Sigh. :(