In general (and I know this varies by area), what do most people charge for training/exercise riding? I am asking this on behalf of my best friend.
A little background:
My best friend sold her roping saddle that was too small for her horses to a lady that boards at my barn. They got to discussing the boarder's horse and how she had been told that the mare was too much horse for her. One thing led to another and my best friend offered to work the mare and see what she could do with her. They agreed on $15 per ride.
The mare is turning out to be a diamond in the rough and has a lot more training than was originally thought. At one point, we are pretty sure she was at least started on the barrel pattern (she will do automatic flying lead changes a few strides out from each barrel). My best friend has not only been riding her (I think about eight 1-2 hour sessions since the beginning of April), but she has also been doing groundwork with her and giving the boarder lessons. She has gotten the mare mostly over being barn sour in that time (it was a HUGE issue). The boarder has also asked my best fried to ride the mare in our barn's schooling shows this summer (starting with the one this Saturday) and to run her in the play day barrel and pole races that our barn will be hosting this summer.
So, for what the boarder is getting and my best friend is doing, does $15 per ride sound about right?
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