How much does riding cost

Tuition costs - Equipment costs - When money is tight

Tuition costs

Right from the start, you will hardly buy all the equipment for your child. The first issues will concern teaching. There are sometimes considerable price differences from region to region (city - country) and also from riding school to riding school. At the beginning, your child will learn to ride on a lunge, a long leash, in most riding schools. Since these are individual lessons, which makes sense, the price for half an hour of lunge lessons is usually about the same as for one hour of normal group lessons. The Swiss Association for Professional Riders and Riding School Owners (SVBR) proposes a lesson price of CHF 40.–. For children and young people up to the age of 16, you usually pay 5 to 10 francs less. In Germany and Austria there are no price guidelines from the association. Lunge lessons cost between 10 and 20 euros.

When your child is ready to ride independently, they will mostly switch to class. Ideally, a class does not consist of more than six riders. With a group of eight or more riders, good riding lessons are as good as impossible. The target price recommended by the SVBR for a lesson of 50 minutes with a school horse and three or more riders is CHF 40.–. In Germany and Austria you pay 10–20 euros for this.

Later, your child may be more interested in dressage or jumping and want to be specifically promoted in the respective discipline. In many riding schools, therefore, separate jumping and dressage lessons are offered in groups or as individual lessons.

Recommended prices of the SVBR

Individual dressage lessons

Fr. 110.–

Dressage lessons for 2 riders

Fr. 65.–

Dressage lessons from 3 riders

CHF 50.–

One-to-one jumping lessons

Fr. 110.–

Jumping lessons for 2 to 3 riders

CHF 75.00

Jumping lessons from 4 riders

Fr. 65.–

(As of March 2014)

For children, riding lessons in Switzerland are often around CHF 10 cheaper and of course not all riding schools adhere strictly to this guide price, especially if they are not affiliated with the association.

Most riding schools also offer tickets for ten or other subscriptions, with which the individual riding lessons are a little cheaper. Inquire also whether your child may have to join the riding club, for which a certain membership fee is due. In a few stables, a certain number of hours of stable work must also be done.

Remember that good riding lessons usually come at a (justified) price. A riding school that offers dumping lessons will rarely be a really good riding school. The school horses need fodder, have to be cared for, mucked out, shod, vaccinated, dewormed and, in the event of illness, taken care of by a veterinarian. The equipment of the horses and the riding facility must be maintained and, if necessary, repaired. From the money that the school horses earn, the nursing staff and riding instructors are also remunerated. Nobody deserves a golden nose here. In the end, you are doing your child a bigger favor if they take less, but good riding lessons than if they can go horseback riding often but do not learn much. By the way: If your child can ride well, one or the other horse owner is more likely to offer him horses for riding, which in turn would mean riding more often.

Equipment costs

The equipment should now be addressed: Your child should at least have their own suitable riding helmet as soon as possible. The costs for this amount to 60–200 CHF or 25–150 euros. Sooner or later, you and your child will consider purchasing additional equipment as well. While you should definitely buy a new riding helmet for safety reasons, you can usually switch to used items for the rest of the equipment in order to save money. Since children are still growing, buying expensive equipment is often not worthwhile. However, quality and safety should always be more important than the purchase price.

When money is tight

What to do if your child wants to learn to ride and you have to pay attention to your budget? From a certain age, children can contribute their own part to finance the riding lessons. Either your child helps in the household in return and is paid hourly for this, or they earn additional pocket money for riding lessons with small jobs. Perhaps you will also agree that you can buy the child a ticket of ten for their birthday and Christmas, but that they have to pay for the rest of the riding lessons themselves. This actually only has advantages: Your child learns to deal with money and to appreciate its value, and he / she realizes that having money and being able to spend it is not something that can be taken for granted. The riding lessons are also valued much higher if you had to work and save for it yourself than if you got everything paid for by mum and dad. Your child will certainly benefit from this later in life.

Perhaps there is also an alternative that will inspire you: During vaulting, you come into contact with horses and, in a slightly different way, on horseback. However, the lessons are significantly cheaper than riding lessons.