Is $15 a good price for arena hire? - The Horse Forum
View Poll Results: Does $15 sound like a good price for arena/trek hire? (read post first)
Wow, that's pretty cheap for both arena and trek hire! 4 50.00%
Cheap for arena hire, average for trek hire. 0 0%
Average for arena hire, cheap for trek 0 0%
Expensive for both... 1 12.50%
Average for both. 1 12.50%
Just hire the arena, not the treks! 0 0%
Just hire the treks, not the arena! 0 0%
I'm not sure...since Dreamcatcher5 is in NZ, I don't really know what's cheap or expensive there... 2 25.00%
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post #1 of 7 Old 08-01-2013, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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Is $15 a good price for arena hire?

I used to go riding at a horse treks facility before I got Luca and no longer had time to go there. It was a nice place, the horses were healthy and happy and you could go on hourly and two-hourly treks around their farmlands. Their treks were AWESOME and their land is simply huge. They also have an arena with loads of jumping equipment and they also give riding lessons. Just a nice place.

So...yesterday I emailed them, asking them if they hired the arena to people with their own horses. They replied within a few hours, telling me that yes, they do hire their arena for $15 per hour, including all the jumping equipment. They aslo wrote that they also "hire" their TREKS, also for $15 per hour.

So I could train Luca in the arena for an hour and then go on a relaxing trail ride after. (Or would that be too much? Luca IS a very athletic horse with heaps of stamina) Normally it costs $40 for an hour on the trails with their horses.

Does this sound like a good price? I find it pretty cheap IMO, and they are a great place, they're not far away from home and they have a great facility, so I don't think it will be "you get what you pay for" with them.

Also, the reason I would like to use their facility is that here at home we are battling the hardest months of the year (I'm in NZ) with grass shortage and rain and wind So I can't ride on ANY of the paddocks and riding on the road gets tedious for both me and Luca because we can't do much "proper" training then.

But yeah, do you think the price is good? I value your guys opinion

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-01-2013, 11:45 PM
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Around here you pay $10 an hour including tax to use an indoor arena, no jumping equipment included. $20 an hour got you a day pass at one of the bigger facilities (trails, cross country course, arenas, jumps, etc.) so that sounds pretty good to me.
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-01-2013, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, I forgot to's an outdoor arena. But Luca is a bit scared of the indoors anyway, so he works better outside.

But the weather...

Ah, I guess we'll cope. Luca doesn't like wind blowing into his ears, but at least he has an awesome earnet!

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post #4 of 7 Old 08-01-2013, 11:49 PM
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We can rent an indoor arena for $25 all day per horse. Which I find cheap as they have timers and groom the arena.

As for trails, well honestly, we'd never pay to trail ride... But I can see where one would need to just for access to the property. $15 seems reasonable to me. As I'm sure there's a liability.
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-01-2013, 11:51 PM
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That would be very cheap in my area.
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-01-2013, 11:54 PM
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Having lived in New Zealand for almost 2 years, I can say that's a DARN good deal.

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