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post #1 of 17 Old 07-16-2013, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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How do you pay for lessons?

I finally found a new stable to ride at. It's absolutely gorgeous, and at least ten times as better as my old one. Its very organized, and we are actually allowed to tack up our horses ;)
So, we tour the stable and decide that I'm going for a 5-week "session" of lessons. (One lesson a week for 5 weeks, then you decide if you want to continue or leave). It costs 175$ plus taxes, which is about 200$ in total. That's about 35 dollars a lesson, and I'm riding with one other girl. My problem is paying for it.
Since its WAY to hot for a paper route, I hate baby sitting and I'm too young to get a job...
I have to do chores. Lots and lots of cleaning.
Our system is that I get "paid" money for doing a simple thing like sweeping or dishes. Only I don't actually get money, its put in a metaphorical bank and my mother pays for the lessons for me... which I earned sweeping my rear off.
Do you guys think this is a good way for a 13-year-old to pay for her riding lessons? How do your kids get the money to pay for theirs? Let me know!

Just saying, this would be fantastic.
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That sounds like a fantastic system. When I was younger and taking lessons, I did barn chores at the stable to help lower the cost, I saved up birthday money and pet sat for neighbors, and did chores around the house.
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That's an excellent way for you to earn your lesson money. I did chores, cleaning, cooking, laundry, yard work and got paid so much per chore. Once I learned to ride, I worked at the barn and exercised and helped break horses to help pay for lessons and board.

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post #5 of 17 Old 07-16-2013, 01:02 PM
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I did very similar to what dreamcatcher did. I saved up my money to buy my first few sets of lessons and then I started working at the barn and became a show groom aftera few years. I worked there long enough to be an under the table employee (around 13 years old) and we would ride whenever we wanted outside of lesson times. It was an amazing experience! I learned more about horse ownership and care than most of the boarders there knew!
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Working at the barn- not only does it help with the cost but you learn so much!
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post #7 of 17 Old 07-16-2013, 02:44 PM
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My daughter does much the same. We trade our BO for many of her (and my) lessons but it all goes into an account which is then divyed out. Good way to do it IMO. Good luck and have fun.
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I finally found a new stable to ride at. It's absolutely gorgeous, and at least ten times as better as my old one. Its very organized, and we are actually allowed to tack up our horses ;)
So, we tour the stable and decide that I'm going for a 5-week "session" of lessons. (One lesson a week for 5 weeks, then you decide if you want to continue or leave). It costs 175$ plus taxes, which is about 200$ in total. That's about 35 dollars a lesson, and I'm riding with one other girl. My problem is paying for it.
Since its WAY to hot for a paper route, I hate baby sitting and I'm too young to get a job...
I have to do chores. Lots and lots of cleaning.
Our system is that I get "paid" money for doing a simple thing like sweeping or dishes. Only I don't actually get money, its put in a metaphorical bank and my mother pays for the lessons for me... which I earned sweeping my rear off.
Do you guys think this is a good way for a 13-year-old to pay for her riding lessons? How do your kids get the money to pay for theirs? Let me know!

Just saying, this would be fantastic.
There is good or bad way, as long as you are willing to work for your lessons, then it's the right thing to do. Keep in mind sometimes working for saving which goes into lessons, might not always be easy work or something you like to do.

You have to sacrifice some things to get another.
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post #9 of 17 Old 07-16-2013, 03:23 PM
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I'm the kind of person who will do anything for a dollar. I have two jobs and MANY side jobs house/animal/babysitting. Since lessons are an "extra" expense I use my "extra" side jobs to pay for them. If I don't babysit that week I skip my lesson.

Years ago I used to work for my lessons. I don't remember how many days it was but I got two lessons a week, which I frequently got screwed out of because there wasn't enough time in the week. I definitely gave up both Saturday and Sunday plus several weekday afternoons.
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post #10 of 17 Old 07-16-2013, 03:37 PM
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If that's the arrangment you have worked out with your parents, then I think that is perfectly acceptable to "exchange" your chores around the house for riding lessons.

I "exchanged" 18 years of farm labor for a car when I was in college. Worked out well. Can't say I enjoyed picking rocks, getting kicked by calves, sweeping grain bins, etc etc .... but my shiny new car looked great!
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