The Cost of Horseback Riding Lessons in San Diego

TLC080722_amy-cassidy-maggie_002The Cost of Horseback Riding Lesson in San Diego?

In the past many people had horses in their backyards, giving a riding lesson was a cheap and easy thing to do.  If you already kept a horse is your backyard for working the farm, giving riding lessons did not increase your expenses and did not require extra  prep time because your overhead and horses were already maintained for other purposes.  However, in present day circumstances, most riding schools are offered at privately owned facilities or at facilities where horses are boarded.  This translates to the fact that in order to offer riding lessons on school horses there is a significant overhead (e.g. food, labor for maintaining horses, boarding, vet, farrier, supplies and equipment all must be maintained on a monthly basis).  I.e.?  the days of 20$ an hour riding lessons are over for most of us.

In San Diego, most riding schools have rates between $50-75 per hour.  The $50-55 an hour rate is often available for riders able and willing to participate in group riding lessons, the $65-75 an hour rate is typically available for individual riding lessons.   A combination or mostly group lessons, with the occasional private lesson, is more affordable and will provide enough instruction to progresses you toward your goals.

If you are interested in equine sport and recreation, then the price of riding lessons is important.  It can influence the frequency that you are able to ride and the resources you have available for the other expenses for the sport (e.g. equipment, boarding or leasing horses of your own).  However, the price of lessons is not the only consideration in choosing where to take horseback riding lessons (please see our previous posts on “How to choose a riding instructor in San Diego”).  Quality of coach, location, style of riding, facility, and caliber of horses are just a few of your other considerations.  Hopefully this post informs you of the price range to expect, and gives an explanation of why the prices are so, thus saving you time in researching the market.  Now you can focus your research on some of the other equally important and more individually based considerations for choosing where to take horseback riding lessons in San Diego!

Happy Trails and Thank you.

Salisbury Farms (Horses Helping Humans)

About Amy

Dr. Amy Jane Hayden Oleson is the founder of Salisbury Farms. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and lifelong horse enthusiast. She has combined her passion for working with horses, instructing, and helping others into a unique and versatile community support program. She offers equine assisted activities and classical riding instruction to individuals interested in learning more about horses and themselves.

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