I really don’t know how to put this, so I guess I’m just going to ask. I purchased a gelding that needs “finishing”. He will be a trail horse. I am boarding him still at his current/previous (however you want to consider it) home so that he has time to be finished, which is fine. There is a trainer that the facility that the owner uses frequently and I have been quoted at $45/per “ride” to finish him. After some research, I’m wondering if this isn’t too high? Admittedly I have to ask the trainer some questions and find out specifics, etc., but I am assuming that a “ride” would include an hour of working with the horse. I just want to be sure that this isn’t reasonable before I go and speak with her so that I know what I’m walking into, more or less. Like, if she says that a “ride” is, indeed, just one hour of time spent with the horse and I’m paying 45/hour…I know that training isn’t cheap but at that rate, if I paid for five days, for a month, that is around $900 per month? That’s definitely too much from what I’ve seen. I would have assumed that the more reasonable rate would be around $300 per month if worked with for five days during the week.
Also, would it be unreasonable for me to ask to be a part of some of the training as I can manage it? Are owners typically a part of the training?
TLDR: I guess what I am mostly wondering is what is a reasonable rate (boarding and care not included, that is being paid for separately) to have a horse trained/finished and what should this rate include?
Any and all insight is greatly appreciated!!!