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post #1 of 37 Old 12-23-2009, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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How much you pay for the lesson? Rules?

Can you share what is it in YOUR area? How much do you pay? How long is the lesson? What are the rules? Etc...

We have big difference in prices from $35 with backyard trainer (which is waste of money) to $75 with the dressage trainer (frankly that's too expensive IMO, but...). I usually try to find "the golden medium".

Some trainers in area have different prices for 30 - 45 - 60 mins. I really dislike such places (was burned twice) because even you say you want 45 mins (c'mon, not everyone is rich as Bill Gates :) ) they keep going and then charge you for 60 mins (or even 1.5 hours in one case). Well, I probably should just break it at 45 mins by telling them to stop, but I never feel very comfortable doing that. :(
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post #2 of 37 Old 12-23-2009, 11:42 PM
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My coach is awesome.. O.O she charges 100 a month.
Teaches everything. So 100 a month is... 20 bucks a lesson? Yeah.. and its for an hour. Its pretty sweet.
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post #3 of 37 Old 12-23-2009, 11:42 PM
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I pay 40.00 for a bi weekly lesson with my trainer for and hour and then the next week I go out and watch my trainer do work with her since sh eis so youngand I am in college. The training ride is also 40.00 and I live in WA and go to my barn about 4-6 days a week. So in one month on avervge I pay $80.00- $120.00. I love it. Good luck!!
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post #4 of 37 Old 12-24-2009, 12:02 AM
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My daughter's lessons are $40/hr private, $35/1.5 hr semi private (2 people) and $30/ 1.5 hr group (3+ people). During the winter her lessons are semi private, usually riding with a teenage girl who has been helping at her lessons since she started 2 years ago (I'm talking missed 2 lessons of hers in 2 years. She adores my daughter).

The lesson starts with the kids getting their own horse (depending on the kid and horse, with appropriate supervision), the kids do a full groom on the horse. Tack up, then lead into the arena. After the lessons are finished, the kids also do a quick groom and return the horse to their stall/pasture.

The instructor tries hard to keep the kids on the same horse for their lessons. The kids and the horses form great bonds that way. (Okay, the same goes for adults, but I'm always there for kid's lessons.)

She is one of the more expensive western horsemanship/trail instructors around, but fortunately my daughter was gifted lessons for life from my uncle 2 years ago, so I haven't spent anything except to buy the helmet.
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post #5 of 37 Old 12-24-2009, 12:05 AM
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My barn actually just switched to a new way of paying for lessons....the old system was "buy seven lessons get the eighth free" so you were really paying like 300 dollars for 8 lessons....Individual lessons were 35 for a group, 45 for private, and you were required to take at least three private lessons before joining any group lesson.

The new system is, you can pay for one or two lessons a week per month, and they're subdivided into group and private lessons.

The lessons are an hour long and if you're a beginner, start with grooming, so you really only do 30 minutes of riding, and if you're advanced, start when you enter the arena.
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post #6 of 37 Old 12-24-2009, 12:50 AM
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I pay $40 until we get some good results. My teacher does everything western. He is so great...

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post #7 of 37 Old 12-24-2009, 12:53 AM
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I pay $45 for an hour group lesson. It's actually a cheaper barn then others around.
My trainer gives everyone good attention so it being in a group is fine.

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post #8 of 37 Old 12-24-2009, 12:54 AM
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$80 for a 45min private lesson on her horse, or $60 on my horse. $60 for a group lesson for 1hr on her horse, $45 for a group lesson on my horse. I think that's very reasonable. She has a huge waiting list and is respected as one of the top trainers/riders in the state. Definitely worth the money. I think you get what you pay for.
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post #9 of 37 Old 12-24-2009, 12:59 AM
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$80 for a 45min private lesson on her horse, or $60 on my horse. $60 for a group lesson for 1hr on her horse, $45 for a group lesson on my horse. I think that's very reasonable. She has a huge waiting list and is respected as one of the top trainers/riders in the state. Definitely worth the money. I think you get what you pay for.
I so agree. I know some trainers in the area that charge $100 because they are top people, judges etc. as long as the pay fits the trainer, it's so worth it!

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post #10 of 37 Old 12-24-2009, 01:03 AM
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i so agree. I know some trainers in the area that charge $100 because they are top people, judges etc. as long as the pay fits the trainer, it's so worth it!
yep exactly.
I find that the cheaper trainers usually aren't the ones with a waiting list, and no body know's who they are. I'd rather pay a bit more and go to someone who I know has a very successfull competition background, as well as students who are also riding successfully.
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