So, this past October I moved to one of the top show barns in my area for Equitation, Hunters and Jumpers where they also hold horse shows.
(Background on why I left my previous barn: my trainer wouldn’t let her girls jump any bigger than 2ft (even if you were on lease) unless you bought your own horse. So, after being there for about 6 years and after leasing all the horses she had to offer, my parents and I made the tough decision to leave and bring me back to the barn I started out taking lessons at when I was very young, knowing that I could continue to grow as a rider there.)
The big difference for me at this barn is not only the up in lesson fees ($50-$75 depending on trainer and paying an extra $25 to owners for the use of their horse if you’re not on lease) but especially since I went from paying $650 a month for lease (including 4 lessons a month) to considering lease at this new barn which would be $1000.00 + not including training; due in part that the board is more, and the horses are anywhere from $30,000.00 to $100,000.00 so it’s something to expect.
Another thing to add in is that more than 3/4 of the riders at this barn owns their own saddles and at my other barn every horse had their own saddle, so my mom just dropped a bittersweet $5500 on a saddle which she can barely afford since my dad won’t consider buying me a saddle.
(My mom is one willing to negotiate–convinced her to get me a saddle since I had nothing decent to ride in–while my dad on the other hand who pays for all my riding expenses is one where when he puts his foot down and says no, there’s no negotiating. Don’t get me wrong; he’s strict about $ but a very generous man when he wants to be.)
Since I moved to this barn to expand my junior career in equitation, I’ve come to seeing how expensive it is, and my parents have already turned down the lease.
I was wondering if there is anybody else out there in my situation :sadsmile:who could give me some tips, suggestions etc. in order for me to be able to find oppertunities to keep doing what I love at the level that I want to be able to move up to.
Has anybody ever been a “working-student”? And how does that usually work…
The owner/top trainer at this barn is very good with coming up with prices for lease and working with price ranges so I’m told but I know it’ll still be expensive.
What I’m hoping is that my dad will agree upon paying the same as he has each year ($650) my mom agreed to pitch in $200 and when I start working part time for the summer that I can come up with the rest for half-lease, lessons and horse shows. But even that I think my dad will turn down because he doesn’t want me or anybody else to pay more than he’s already paid.
Any comments, suggestions, tips, ideas are welcome!