Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel View Post
I think $25 an hour is a really good rate. In CO it was $30 an hour and $10 every hour after. They were horses with issues too. You know the typical "face in tail" and "do not stray from this trail.. increase speed as near barn" :P
The issue with the $25 an hour is that each hour is $25, there is no discount for multiple hours. Plus, you're on horses that buck, rear, kick, bite, etc. I've seen a lot of the horses there take off, and the riders have no idea what to do aside from clinging to the horse for dear life. I have no issue paying $25 and asking for a horse of theirs with issues so that I can gain more experience, BUT, that is not
what a beginner needs. Either they'll get hurt, or they'll be scared and turned off horses for a good while, if not forever. I want to give someone wanting to ride a good experience that will keep them wanting to ride, and if I can't pay for that, what can I do without multiple horses of my own that are up for it?
I understand that most dude ranches/trail facilities just don't have the money or man-power to keep all the horses tuned up and safe for beginners to ride. Why do you think their release forms are so lengthy? I mean, regardless of how well behaved the horses are there should be a great release form behind the facility, but I guess I'm use to the short, simple, and to-the-point contracts.
I am hoping to take my boyfriend out to this trail facility though, because I know which horses would be appropriate for him (I also have to think about height) and which horses I can ride that will give the best chance of both horses staying calm, yet still willing to canter a little in that top field. Not all of their horses are crazy or half dead, but you have to go enough (or know people that have) to know which horse you want to choose, and which horse will be a good back-up if the horse you'd like is already out.