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        10-20-2010, 06:55 AM
      #11
    Super Moderator
    I plan on asking about using indoor too several local barns since winter is coming and footing is not good most of the time. However I'll have to pay for that (I believe $10 - 20/hour depending on place).
         
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        10-20-2010, 11:03 AM
      #12
    Banned
    I see nothing wrong with you politely approaching the owner of the facility and asking if they allow non-boarders to use their indoor ring.

    I would see how that question is answered before saying that you do not have any money and then asking if you can work off the fees.

    Sometimes barn help is more effort to supervise and train than the work they provide is worth. Depending on their experience with barn help they may be more than willing to let you work it off or they will be against it. I would not debate the issue with them once given an answer.

    The places that I know that allow outside riders to use their indoor charge between $15 and $25 per ride.
         
        10-20-2010, 11:12 AM
      #13
    mls
    Trained
    We have an indoor that we have allowed folks to ride in for an hourly fee. I cut a deal with a neighbor for a monthly fee last winter - however she was riding much more often and later in the evening that she had verbally told me. She has approached us again this fall to ride at our place again this winter.

    Don't be offended if the arena owner declines to allow you to ride - or charges a fee. Please remember we have to maintain the footing, pay for the lights and sooth cranky boarders.
         
        10-20-2010, 11:33 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    I think it's a good idea to ask. I'm sure there might be some insurance stuff you'll have to do though....like sign some papers.
         
        10-20-2010, 11:39 AM
      #15
    Super Moderator
    I want to add that some places don't allow outsiders to ride because of liability issues. I run into that with one place last year.
         
        10-22-2010, 07:07 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Thanks guys! That was all really helpful. :)
         

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