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post #1 of 16 Old 08-27-2012, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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How much to charge for riding a horse?

Today at work a guy came by and asked if I would ride his horse for him. The guy isn't very experienced and is afraid that he is going to confuse the horse with his cues and doesn't have a lot of time to ride him. So basically I would be putting miles on the horse and get him tuned up so the guy can do stuff with him, like going on trail rides with his granddaughter and friends, etc. He brought the horse over to the barn I work at this afternoon and is going to leave him there for a little while so I can use the arena and trails there and then I think he is going to take him back home for me to ride him there. I live about 5 miles from the barn and he doesn't live far from there either. So the question is how much should I charge this guy? I think I would like to charge by the week for now because I would like to spread my sessions out, like 30 minutes in the arena then maybe an hour out on the trails, so I don't think a per ride thing would work out too well for right now at least. Any opinions?

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post #2 of 16 Old 08-27-2012, 08:35 PM
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I hope someone else will give you some idea. Around here, there are tons of 'horseless rider' ads where folks are willing to do this in exchange for the riding time (i.e. for free).
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I hope someone else will give you some idea. Around here, there are tons of 'horseless rider' ads where folks are willing to do this in exchange for the riding time (i.e. for free).
I don't know of skilled riders who would work a horse for free. I pay any where from 15.00-40.00 a ride depending on credentials and type of riding.
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$15/ride is my base price for up to a 40 minute workout.

Part of riding for someone else is the responsibility to not jack up the horse so that the owner can't ride it easily.

So, if I have someone who really is a beginner or has a low skill level, I only work the horse on the three basic gaits, a nice easy stop, simple right, and simple left, a few steps back. I don't even address the horse's potential for whatever he'd excel at.
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Factor in your time before and after the ride. An hour's riding turns into another half hour of your time. Minimum of $25 per ride and about an hour is enough. Be prepared for a barn sour horse when you try to take him alone on the trails. When you go to his place you have to factor in gas and wear and tear on your vehicle, unless you're riding a bicycle and even then.....
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Who is assuming liability for the rides with the granddaughter/friends?
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post #7 of 16 Old 08-27-2012, 09:14 PM
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Here, the rate is $25 for an hour or so of riding. I used to train for the public, occassionally I will get phone calls from someone wanting me to put a few rides on their horse, I refuse all now as of last year and being thrown. I am officially out of the horse training biz.
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I don't know of skilled riders who would work a horse for free. I pay any where from 15.00-40.00 a ride depending on credentials and type of riding.
Our area may not be the norm. We have 3 major universities (UNC, Duke, and NC State) in the area and there are tons of horse skilled ladies in college with a horse back home looking to ride while they're at school. There is also a set of people that have been forced out of horse ownership because of the economy. In both cases, for people wanting to ride, it beats leasing a horse.

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post #9 of 16 Old 08-28-2012, 02:21 AM
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Who is assuming liability for the rides with the granddaughter/friends?
Wish it weren't so but this is the first thing I thought of when I read this thread's title. To take money to ride someone else's horse I at least want 3rd party insurance as well as written waivers stating the agreement between myself & owner that if anything went wrong I wouldn't be liable. Re riding with the granddaughter or such, remember that if you're doing this for money, you're legally deemed a 'professional' in the horse industry & as such are legally responsible for the safety of minors that are in your vacinity, even if not riding with you(because a 'professional' should be more responsible than a parent). - Eg. it's ridiculous IMO, but even so far as an owner's child getting bitten by her pony & I'm on the property within eyesight & didn't warn the mother & daughter of the dangers.
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Yeaah, it seems so simple on the surface...ride a guys horse for a few rides to tune it up but when you look at it closer. There are all kinds of things that come to light or could get involved. I'd think it through carefully and then do what you feel is right for you.
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