I have been a longtime (English riding!) lurker. Recently I have been growing tired of the show scene and would like to take a break, or at least a change of pace. I've ridden reiners in the past and enjoyed it, and on a whim decided to possibly start lessons. I am not looking to purchase a horse immediately, although leasing may be an option. My question is, however:
What are the costs in comparison to the h/j show scene?
I know the pro levels and some breed shows can get quite expensive, however, what about for a beginner? Costs on average in terms of lessons? Do they lease horses on a regular basis?
What Bluey said. Where my horses are we pay 35 for a lesson, if our horse is boarded there and we pay for a month at a time. If your horse is in training you get a discount, though I dont remember what, it has been a bit since my horses have been in training. Show prices vary, depending on what level you ride and the show.
Leasing prices vary, I have a friend paying all the expenses and $5000.00 a year to lease a medicore youth horse. She also pays $50.00 per hour, set fee no matter what. (different trainer then me ).
Where in the northeast are you? I've been taking reining lessons (and now exercising some 4y/o's coming back from the winter) since January after many years in the hunter/jumper industry....a location might help us point you in the right direction.
At the barn I ride at it's $40 for a lesson and you end up riding at least an hour...sometime more than one horse too.
He has a wide variety of horses for sale. From green 4y/o's to seasoned 6 and 7y/o's. I believe his training rates are $600 for full training field board and $800 a month for full training board with a stall.