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  1. #1
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    Question Should I charge? How much?

    This weekend my trainer is supose to take a student to an event, and her trailer isnt working and wont be ready for sunday. She asked to borrow mine. . . I feel guilty charging my trainer to use my trailer, but I dont want her to think she can just use it for nothing.

    What would you do?

    How much would you charge?


    Thanks in advance



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    You can run into insurance troubles if you rent out your private truck/trailer. I would do some sort of lesson swap for it, personally, if I felt comfortable allowing the trainer to use my trailer.



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    I would not charge my trainer to borrow my trailer in a pinch. But then, I have a great relationship with my trainer, and she does lots of extra things for me. There have been many times my lessons have gone long, and she hasn't added on extra charges. I'd be happy to help her out.



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    Both good thoughts, thanks



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    I would lend the trailer, but barter something in return. And in your shoes, I'd have her sign something that says basically if she breaks it, she pays to fix it, no questions asked. I realize y'all have a great relationship and all that, but nothing will screw up that great relationship faster than you resenting your trainer for damaging your trailer and skipping on the repairs.

    JMO.
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    I agree with asking for a lesson in exchange for use of the trailer.



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    How far away is the event? 15 minutes? 2 hours? I firmly believe in no good dead goes unpunished (cynical thinking I know), therefore bartering for a lesson is a good idea and also firmly letting her know she pays for any damage regardless of who's at fault. Most likely she is charging her student a trailering fee.
    "You gave your life to become the person you are right now. Was it worth it?" Richard Bach



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    A one time thing I would do just to be a good friend, if it were going to regular than I would figure out some sort of exchange.



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    The event is about 1 hour and 45 minutes awayy



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    Then I would charge, unless you're going too. That's a major trip, and (I'm guessing) one that's not a day trip. At least $50/day, or the equivalent in lessons/training. And again, have her sign a release that says she's responsible for any damages that she causes to your trailer or anyone else's vehicle or trailer. Protect yourself! Even if she gets into a fender bender with someone else, that person's insurance company could come back and sue you. Make sure that doing your trainer a favor doesn't turn into a huge liability for you.
    In loving memory of Laura Jahnke.
    A life lived by example, done too soon.
    www.caringbridge.org/page/laurajahnke/



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    Not to mention something in writing that you are not responsible for anything that might happen to the horse. You can't be too careful.



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