I know there are older threads on this topic (which I’ve read), but hoping to get some current information since a number of new barns have opened and some have closed.
My child has been in hunter lessons for a couple of years in the Northern Virginia (Loudoun County) area and shows locally. We are considering leasing or purchasing a pony in the next year but at the same time we know we may need to adjust our expectations based on the cost of boarding/training in this area. We understand the high overhead costs of running a barn and are not questioning the reasons, just looking to understand the range of options see if we should consider possibly looking at other barns.
As background, the barn where we currently take lessons is small but nice and has an indoor which is great for the winter and bad weather. However, the barn offers only training board, which is around $2,500 month (including 5 training rides or lessons per week). My child takes lessons 2x week on a school pony with a junior trainer in their late teens (would probably flat/free ride another 1-2 days if we had our own pony), but we don’t really expect to need full training board in the near future.
Is full training board a fairly standard practice for H/J programs in this area? Or should we consider looking at other barns that may offer stall board with lessons without a full training package? We haven’t been able to find a lot of information online so it’s hard to gauge. We are willing to inquire around and get on waitlists as needed since we are not in any rush, but only want to do that if what we want/need is a reasonable ask for this area.
Thanks for any advice.