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post #1 of 7 Old 06-13-2015, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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how much to charge for board/lessons/training

A friend of a friend rescued a horse that needs training. I sometimes take in horses who need training, as a side job. Granted it has been a few years since I have done this. I trained mostly during high school, as with college I was too busy working at a barn and taking classes.

What should I charge? They only live 15 minutes from me so I won't have to drive far.

I was thinking something along the lines of $30-35 per riding lesson at their place, with their old horse, as the kids need riding lessons.

For the young horse they currently don't have any facilities or an arena/round pen to work him in so he would need to come to my place. Does $500 sound reasonable for board and 30 days training? I would cover hay costs and they would provide grain and pay for the farrier/vet. Or maybe $450 with them providing all feed?

I am going to make it very clear that the children will not be riding the young horse on my property (or at all) if it is up to me. The horse has had a saddle on but knows absolutely nothing.
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-13-2015, 09:54 PM
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The price you charge is going to depend on what's reasonable for your area. I personally wouldn't take a horse in for board + 30 days training for anything less than $1100, but my area is expensive. The last two horses I had in for training was $1000 for board + training for 2 weeks (owners went on vacation).

Check to see what others are charging for similar services in your area. Your prices might be totally reasonable, they might be too high, they might be too low.

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In my area of Florida, $500 is about the going rate for a month of training and board.
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I'm in North Texas and pay $650 for full care stall board and training (and mine is considered cheap). It includes the trainer working with my horse 4 days a week, one lesson, feeding 2x per day, and hay.
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Price also depends on how qualified you are. I wouldn't give $1000+ to someone that hasn't had many years of experience with professionally training horses and have a solid client list.
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To me that sounds a little low. But it may be ok. But if you want to do it, go for it. I would not go lower than $500 and you should set the number of days it is to be worked, the lenght of the workouts, etc. (5 days a week, two times a day, for one hours for time, for 4 weeks.) This is for them and you. If you have a schedule, it is better for you and the horse. If you have done this before, as you said, good luck. I once paid $500 for a month and the person only got on the horse 4 times.
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It definitely depends on your area, along with the quality of board and training.

How much does similar boarding cost in your area? I'd expect to spend a minimum of $300/month in my area for full care including hay and feeding owner-supplied grain, though most places are closer to $400.

How often will you be working with the horse? I've seen full training range from being worked 4x weekly to every day. You want to make sure that you're getting paid reasonably for the time you're putting in, and that may vary based on what you consider your time to be worth. Averaging 30 minutes a day (or 1 hour every other day) would be about 15 hours and is probably at the low end of the amount of time you'd actually spend training the horse. If you paid yourself $20/hour, that would add up to $300. So between board & training, I'd think $600 would be a minimum starting point based on prices in my area.

$30-40 would be reasonable in my area for a 1-hour private beginner-to-intermediate riding lesson. Since it's pretty close, I wouldn't charge any extra for mileage.

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