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Would You Kindly 03-09-2010 12:01 AM

Do you think and instructor would let me?
Hey horse lovers! I'm new here (just joined today) and I'm still getting the hang of this. I have a question, and I don't know where else to ask. I'm dying to take equestrian lessons this summer, but it's so expensive! My jaw dropped when I saw how much money some lessons cost. I was talking to my mom about it, and she can't afford $475 for ten sessions--go figure. Then she said, "What if the owner/instructor of the place would let you work off some of the pay for the lessons?" Like, pretty much have a job cleaning up around the barn.

Is that too absurd? Have any of you heard of anyone doing any such thing?

charlicata 03-09-2010 12:06 AM


No, that is not totally absurd. That's what I started out doing, shortly after started working some of the horses; then after I was there about a year, the BO let me give lessons. I didn't buy my horse until I was ready to move out of state (took him with me). I really didn't need a horse while working there because I had access to ride 14 horses. Not to mention that it helped me learn how to take care of them!

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!

rocky pony 03-09-2010 02:07 AM

Yeah, that's definitely nothing unusual if your instructor agrees. People do that sort of thing all the time =)

Lobelia Overhill 03-09-2010 08:53 AM

Lots of places do give free lessons to people who help out at the yard (barn), however I don't think you'll get very far asking straight off for free lessons, and don't forget you won't be the only person looking for freebies, so they may not want you helping out. See if you can pay for a few lessons, hang around the place after your lesson and see if you can help the staff and take it from there.

$475 for 10 lessons is very expensive tho', is that the only place local to you?

iridehorses 03-09-2010 09:04 AM

Welcome to the forum!

Working off lessons is pretty common and an excellent way of not only learning to ride, but learning about horses in general.

As for the cost ($475 for 10 lessons), I don't think that's bad at all, especially if they are hour lessons. That comes down to $47.50 per lesson hour. A lot of the rate depends on who the instructor is, how well he/she teaches, what they are going to teach you, and what the going rate in your area is. In another area of the country, the same instruction may cost over $600, and in another area, only $300.

Beau Baby 03-09-2010 08:57 PM

I did that 2 years ago. Did it for a year. The only reason I stopped doing it that way was because my instructor was just annoyed by having to bank hours and stuff Now I actually work for her and get paid. But that's okay cause I don't pay for lessons anymore. EEK. In my area $475 for 10 lessons is EXPENSIVE at all the barns but mine. Usually its $27.50/per lesson in my area.

Except my barn its $50 a lesson because my instructor is an olympian. Good luck

Amba1027 03-09-2010 09:27 PM

That's what I do. At my barn almost all of the work is done by people working to pay for lessons and board.

Would You Kindly 03-09-2010 09:36 PM

Thank you everyone, I definitely ask now. All of your answers were a big help! :)

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