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post #1 of 10 Old 05-10-2014, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Training/exercise riding fees

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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$15 is cheap. If the girl is good. My professional trainer charges $20 per individual ride she puts on my horse.
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$15 is cheap. If the girl is good. My professional trainer charges $20 per individual ride she puts on my horse.
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She really isn't bad at all. She's a good rider and has nice, soft hands. There are some things she does that I don't necessarily agree with (mainly just the fact that she doesn't see the need for slow work on the barrel pattern), but other than that, she's good. I'm even going to have her start working Aires for me a couple of times a week starting next week (going to pay her $20 a week just to help her out a little).
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Most of the trainers in my area charge $700 to $800 a month to train a horse (whether that's starting under saddle or advanced training).

So that would be roughly $25 a ride.

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Most of the trainers in my area charge $700 to $800 a month to train a horse (whether that's starting under saddle or advanced training).

So that would be roughly $25 a ride.
Is that including feed and stall?
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$15 seems cheap but, if your friend is enjoying the work and the owner is paying entry fees and so forth, then as it is not a professional basis but pocket money, then the arrangement is up to them.

Overprice and the owner might not be able to pay the extra.

More than once I have done the same to help out friends and I was a professional, with horses that were giving them problems. Times when I never even charged them because I knew they were short on cash.
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I looked up the Maryland fees, for a barn that tries to work OTTB's, and the fee is 1100 per month, including stall.
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$15 seems cheap but, if your friend is enjoying the work and the owner is paying entry fees and so forth, then as it is not a professional basis but pocket money, then the arrangement is up to them.

Overprice and the owner might not be able to pay the extra.

More than once I have done the same to help out friends and I was a professional, with horses that were giving them problems. Times when I never even charged them because I knew they were short on cash.
The problem is that my best friend is unemployed and working this mare is her only source of income. She drives a gas guzzler of an old Ford pickup, so what she is getting paid to work this mare is barely covering her gas to get to and from the barn to work the mare.

I've looked at rates around my area and they range anywhere from $400-800 per month, including board (and that's anything from colt starting to tune-ups to finishing show and performance horses).

Then there's the matter of the lessons my friend is giving the lady. Lessons in my area go for anywhere from $25-50 per hour.

Ugh. This is just a big mess. Kind of wishing I hadn't gotten dragged into it.
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Is that including feed and stall?
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As far as lessons go in my area, most of the good trainers charge $50 for a private 1-hour lesson.

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A professional trainer can (and will) charge much more for each riding session. Both my dressage and jumping trainers charge the same for a "pro-ride" as they do for a private lesson. It's an hour of their time, either way. Of course, these are for one-off rides; if the horse were in full training with them, the cost per ride would be less.

$15-20/hour seems about right for my area for an amateur rider.

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