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post #1 of 5 Old 05-20-2015, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Question for other riding instructors...but interested in all input..

Does anyone, (riding instructors), offer free lessons to boarders? I started doing 1 free lesson per week to boarders when most of my students were outside students and I only had 2 boarders. Now I have many more boarders and don't feel I can continue to do this....because EVERYBODY wants their "free" lesson every weekend.......what are your feelings on it?
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I would charge a surcharge for lessons, like let's say $20, so it's not full price but your being paid for your time. Also I'd have a paying students before board rule. Or maybe you could influence them to come on a weekday when you don't have anything regular lessons.
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Thank you good advice and things I am considering.....wanted to hear from someone else though.....this helps.....My normal lesson fee is $40....so was thinking $20 would still be more than fair and a great deal for boarders....
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My trainer charges the same for lessons for borders and outside riders. I've never been upset about it.
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-21-2015, 01:06 AM
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I definitely wouldn't be offering free lessons. Even when it was just 2 boarders, I'd offer a certain number of free lessons or free lessons for a limited time if I wanted to offer them free lessons.

The only case I can think of when I'd give 'free' lessons is when the cost of lessons is already included in the board price (and is comparable to a month of board plus 4 lessons at similar barns). Then boarders could choose whether or not to take advantage of those already-paid-for lessons and it's more like a training barn where boarders are required to take lessons with the resident trainer.
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