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post #1 of 6 Old 02-09-2020, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Training Fees


I need some advice on training fees. Currently, I'm charging $500 a month for starting a horse undersaddle. It may be on the cheaper side, however, I'm just starting out taking on client horses. I trained one last fall, and already have 5 lined up for this year. Plus the horses are boarded in a pasture, no stalls. I'm planning to stick with that fee, I think it's fair.

My question is, I have another client wanting me to take their older horse for a tune up. Do I charge the same fee as starting one undersaddle or a cheaper fee? Do I charge a different fee for groundwork only? If so, what price do you recommend for each of these?

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post #2 of 6 Old 02-10-2020, 02:41 AM
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I would stick to the same price. For this offer to also teach the owner how to handle the horse.

$500 is cheap compared to U.K. Prices. Six years ago I was charging £600 pcm ($773)
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post #3 of 6 Old 02-10-2020, 07:04 AM
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What you charge is dependent on your level of experience, your geographic location & how much competition you have in your area. If you’re doing this as a business you also need to ask yourself what your time is worth and how much time you spend working with a horse each day. At $500/month your making $16.33 per day. When I started training I started colts for darn near nothing the first two years, but that was 25 years ago. Once my reputation was out there and clients were coming to me regularly I increased my fees to a competitive level.

I charge the same regardless of what I am doing with the horse. Starting a colt, doing a tune up, trailer loading, groundwork etc. I do charge more for instruction like riding lesson, horsemanship or anything the involves teaching the human.

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post #4 of 6 Old 02-11-2020, 06:08 PM
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I think $500 is pretty fair. I charge the same for pretty much everything. Though if I have a client who REALLY needs me to work with their horse and cant afford the $500 I'll work with them. Its not really about the money for me. I hate to see anyone struggle with their horse and cant afford a trainer. Ground work and stuff I charge $350. Because its just ground work. And then of course I have other fees for shows and stuff.
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-19-2020, 07:15 AM
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I think it would also depend on whether the training fee included care for the horse while there.
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-19-2020, 10:20 AM
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Yes, like @QtrBel , I'm wondering if this covers board. Because if so, are you sure you are making money? Just board is more than that around here. So is it $500 all-inclusive (grass and/or hay, water, day-to-day care), or $500 plus board?
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