A side note–I found an interesting article/website this morning about horse values.
I don’t know these people–not one bit!–but their logic seems very sound. Worth a read.
If you don’t have time for it, the basic premise is that a top-value dressage horse is on target for certain tasks by certain ages. Anything that deviates from this takes the value of the horse down–and that makes sense as the really sound and easy ones tick off their developmental tasks pretty easily and reliably. Anything that complicates this (inept/inexact training or foundation, a weak gait, difficult character, soundness issues) tends to take time out of the equation. That does not mean that the training or soundness-challenged horse cannot improve as it ages (hocks for instance) but that its value/price will be lower than the “easy” one who shows you who he or she is by six or seven.
That aside, here are current training rates–which I am happy to report are the same as they were in 1995!
(Talk about wage stagnation!)
Dale Forbes: Training rates 2013
(I define home barn as the one where I am boarding my riding or training horses.)
Lessons home barn: $50
Lessons at other local barns: $75
Clinic (excluding travel costs): $100 per lesson
Horse use–depends on the horse, typically $25.
Full time training (up to 20 sessions a month) $750 ($37.50/session. Can be lessons or training.)
Most of the barns that I work out of charge $450 for full care including hay, grain, bedding and facilities. Which makes the investment $1200 a month.
Two months of full-time training a year for most going horses will ensure they progress through the levels. One lesson a week after that will keep things pointed in the right direction. That makes a yearly training budget of about $350 a month–though of course that choice is up to the owner!
(Also keep in mind it takes a great deal longer to train the rider than the horse, but that most riders will really be happiest if the horse is mannerly and knows what to do–even when the rider makes mistakes. Time spent training the horse is usually a wise choice.)
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