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post #1 of 13 Old 02-20-2014, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation 875 for trainin

I am looking for a place to board my horse. and also get some training done and found this place here in B-ham (El Gazira Riding Academy), I have been there and my friend goes there too and LOVES the place!
it would be a whole month of training 4-5 times a week, and I can go a ride with her when ever, and go see him whenever.

The prices are:
$575 a month for boarding
and $300 for training.
Do you think its worth it?

I I decide the price is right then I am going to go here. I know the people and know they will take GREAT care of my horse there too.

the only thing that's bugging me is the price...or maybe its that I tend to over-react to prices over $100.
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post #2 of 13 Old 02-20-2014, 09:41 PM
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Sounds like an awesome facility. How do their prices stack up against others in your area?

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post #3 of 13 Old 02-20-2014, 09:42 PM
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Around here it's $800 a month for training & board for a good trainer.

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post #4 of 13 Old 02-20-2014, 10:35 PM
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Well I would love to find board and training under $100 ;)

It is money, but if you can do it and want to do it try not to get stuck on that. To me that sounds reasonable, but it depends on the area and quality.
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post #5 of 13 Old 02-20-2014, 10:54 PM
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That sounds... extremely reasonable. Consider it this way. If they're riding her 5 times a week let's say that's $35 a ride.

5 x $35 = $175 for the week
$175 x 4 = $700 for the month

My trainer charges $600/mo (ish) for just board & you have to get a lesson at least once a week (required) and her hour lessons are $60. That's $840 for the month. For ONE lesson a week. You're getting a deal.
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post #6 of 13 Old 02-21-2014, 07:20 AM
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If the board price is fair, given your area and the facilities that the place have

If the trainer is good, and will actually train the horse

It is a very reasonable price.

Boarding price is hard to judge, because it may vary greatly, only you know your area, the prices that other places have, the facilities that other places have compared to this one (a barn with no arenas will cost way less than another with two outdoor, 1 indoor, round pen, hot showers and paddocks).

300$ for 1 month of training is a good price if the trainer is a good trainer and works the horse well. He should tell you what it is reasonable to expect after said month, what the horse will know that he doesn't now, etc.
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post #8 of 13 Old 02-21-2014, 11:47 AM
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I don't know what the going rates are like where you live, but around here that would be a steal.

When I was boarding at an active competition barn (just a few months ago. So many changes in my life x.x) I was paying almost $650 for just board. Lessons ran me $200, and that was for just one lesson a week.

Assuming everything is up to par, of course.
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post #9 of 13 Old 02-21-2014, 12:36 PM
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Honestly the fees seem a little backwards. In my area $575/month would be one of the nicer facilities, but $300 wouldn't get you a whole lot of time with any of the trainers at them.

Double check who's going to be training your horse- is it a real trainer each time? Or is it one of the trainer's working students?

I know someone who sent a horse to a trainer for a month or two and it turned out that the trainer himself didn't ride the horse even a single time. His working students (i.e. free labor) were riding all the horses and he was just cashing the checks.
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post #10 of 13 Old 02-21-2014, 03:22 PM
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I would say to go watch a day of training and then decide. Just show up on a week day, no appointment, and see what's going on.
Many folks talk the talk and can walk the walk on certain horses if they know someone is coming and can work the horses very hard the day before. Showing up unannounced means there is no prep for the trainer and they have to truly train!

As for as price, yeah that's super cheap. That is what we pay for reasonable board around here. Training and board is double that.
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