Another different discipline SPIN-OFF. What"s included in "full training"?
Full training for me- ASB with BNT.
Basically, I pay the bills and show up to ride. The training fee (board and training) is all-inclusive, except for shows, shoes and vet. I don't tack or untack my horse or have anything to do with day-to-day care.
At shows there are no coaching fees or the like, just entry/stall fees plus split cost of trainer's expenses among customers. My trainer doesn't charge a day fee, but most ASB trainers do.
I ride once a week, no added charge. I guess I could ride more, I haven't asked, and it would probably be on a lesson horse- not sure if there would be a lesson fee. My horse in general isn't ridden much more than once a week - she's usually long-lined or driven.
I get the impression that some other disciplines are charged for lessons on horses in training, and coaching fees/trainer rides at shows.
So, what's your discipline and what's included in "full training"?
H/J'er. I'm a LNT who shows "C" and smaller "A" shows.
Our full training board includes everything that comes with stall board, plus either 3 training rides by me or 3 lessons per week. Additional training rides or lessons are extra. Horse show training, shipping, and day fees are not included. This also does not including a grooming/tacking service. That can be added at an additional charge.
I have mostly had horses in training with H/J trainers. Usually in the ballpark of $750/month and that included one lesson per week. Horse worked 5 days a week. I still tacked up, cooled out, etc. All show fees billed seperately (coaching fee per class plus day fee).
The local cowboy charges $500/month I think, and he rides your horse 5-6 days a week, sorts cows with it and will rope off of it if it's sane enough. He doesn't give lessons but will ride with you and give you pointers if you come down to ride, which he encourages. Your horse is likely to come back skinny though as they are fed in a herd and no special accomodations are made.
One local arab barn is cheaper than the H/J places, and is more like the ASB example in that they tack up/untack, etc. and there is a lot of long-lining in addition to the riding/training. Turnout is limited. I think they include coaching at shows for horses in full training but I'm not 100% sure. Horses there only get 1 day of a week, though they are not necessarily ridden every day...they get long-lined a few times and ridden a few. One lesson a week is included but you can come and ride as much as you want. They try to work with your schedule (i.e., if you are coming to ride that day they would long-line vs. riding the horse). Any additional lessons are billed though.
When I was young and first started riding, I scoffed at those barns that would hand you a fully tacked horse, and then whisk them away to cool out and put away as you headed off. Now that I'm older and busier, I'm looking to get into one of those barns!
I ride dressage. I pay "training board," which is comprised of board/food and 2 lessons/horse ridden per week (I just get lessons and don't have anyone ride him). There are other levels of training board if you wanted only 1 lesson/horse ridden a week or 3 lessons/horse ridden per week. I pay for supplements, shoes, vet. Usually my trainer does not come to shows. She has come to a couple of shows and didn't charge me but they were very local and she just came for my classes.
My experience with full training at a dressage barn: regular board was $725 and full training was another $700. Full training horses got 5 rides/lessons per week, and their tack cleaned by barn staff. If you were having a lesson, horse would be tacked up ahead of time or untacked for you if you asked beforehand (but most of us preferred to do this ourselves.) There was a $100/day day fee for coaching at shows.
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