Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Activities > Sports / Fitness / Beauty / Wellness
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 13.09.2018, 15:10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Cape Town
Posts: 32
Groaned at 4 Times in 3 Posts
Thanked 34 Times in 18 Posts
CheandDom is considered a nuisanceCheandDom is considered a nuisanceCheandDom is considered a nuisance
Horse riding in Switzerland

Hello everyone

Just wondering on the general cost of riding lessons/leasing a horse/full livery in Switzerland....we are busy putting our spreadsheets of possible expenses together and as a show jumper who is sadly selling my horses before our move, I would love a cost estimate of what people pay. I don't want to give it up but understand it can be expensive. Google is useless at helping me get an idea...
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 14.09.2018, 15:03
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: FR
Posts: 73
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 89 Times in 38 Posts
AnnaSophiaA is considered knowledgeableAnnaSophiaA is considered knowledgeableAnnaSophiaA is considered knowledgeable
Re: Horse riding in Switzerland

Hi! I really understand your situation—I had to give away the mare I’d trained for dressage myself before coming here.

Do you know where in Switzerland you’ll be? I’m not sure if it would change depending on region, but in my experience it’s not that different in price from what I was doing in the US. I am taking lessons that would be 55/hour, but I’ve found a wonderful lady who lets me work in exchange since I don’t have a job yet and our budget is small. The half leases I’ve seen (demi-pension in French) range from 100/month (usually one ride a week) to 300/month (3+ rides a week).

The lady I take lessons from said between 400-800/month is typical for boarding a horse. I’ve seen for less too, but it’s usually pasture/self-care board, which might not be what you’re looking for.

Where you can look to get a better idea is Anibis.ch. It’s kind of like Craigslist, and it’s how I found the farms where I’m riding right now. For now, it should be able to give you a better idea of what the cost would be for your region.

And don’t hesitate to ask me if you have any questions! Maybe I won’t be able to answer but I’m happy to do my best
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank AnnaSophiaA for this useful post:
  #3  
Old 14.09.2018, 15:22
st2lemans's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lugano
Posts: 24,182
Groaned at 1,322 Times in 1,037 Posts
Thanked 27,793 Times in 13,274 Posts
st2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Horse riding in Switzerland

Quote:
View Post
as a show jumper who is sadly selling my horses before our move, I would love a cost estimate of what people pay. I don't want to give it up but understand it can be expensive.
CHF 25-30/kg, more for filet.

Had some for lunch today.

Tom
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank st2lemans for this useful post:
  #4  
Old 14.09.2018, 15:27
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: SZ
Posts: 9,246
Groaned at 22 Times in 21 Posts
Thanked 20,421 Times in 6,547 Posts
meloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Horse riding in Switzerland

Can't help from a personal knowledge, but some time ago I found this on my way to looking up something else:

http://www.pferdehome.ch/index.asp

Horse boarding, pension, etc by canton, many with prices included. Probably safe to assume not an inclusive list, but this could give you an overview. Most listings have their homepages linked, more info there.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank meloncollie for this useful post:
  #5  
Old 14.09.2018, 15:49
Today only's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Europe
Posts: 5,704
Groaned at 727 Times in 484 Posts
Thanked 6,696 Times in 3,225 Posts
Today only has a reputation beyond reputeToday only has a reputation beyond reputeToday only has a reputation beyond reputeToday only has a reputation beyond reputeToday only has a reputation beyond reputeToday only has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Horse riding in Switzerland

Quote:
View Post
Hello everyone

Just wondering on the general cost of riding lessons/leasing a horse/full livery in Switzerland....we are busy putting our spreadsheets of possible expenses together and as a show jumper who is sadly selling my horses before our move, I would love a cost estimate of what people pay. I don't want to give it up but understand it can be expensive. Google is useless at helping me get an idea...

If your predominate worry is cost and what you can or can not do in Switzerland, you maybe coming to the wrong country !


Make no mistake about this SWIZERLAND IS VERY EXPENSIVE. I donm't know what you think is expensive but coming from Safrica think you can very easily double it.


Finding a job without language skills will also be challenging, things move slowly here and there are a lot of qualified people here all speaking English plus German and/or French

Last edited by Today only; 14.09.2018 at 18:13.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Today only for this useful post:
This user groans at Today only for this post:
  #6  
Old 14.09.2018, 18:22
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Vaud
Posts: 6
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 6 Times in 3 Posts
Boomer has no particular reputation at present
Re: Horse riding in Switzerland

Hi,
There is a horse riding community in many cantons and you will find riding on school horses not too expensive compared to other any sports training in CH...but all are more expensive than other countries we have lived.
However the process can be a bit repetitive - they expect you to try to get formally qualified and lessons are set up to achieve this.
Having your own horse in stables can be prohibitively expensive. Large labor component and labor is costly here plus complex horse care rules add to the price. Close to Geneva it can be >2000CHF pcm, before you even think about shoes etc.
Hope that helps
B
Reply With Quote
The following 3 users would like to thank Boomer for this useful post:
  #7  
Old 15.09.2018, 21:50
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Cape Town
Posts: 32
Groaned at 4 Times in 3 Posts
Thanked 34 Times in 18 Posts
CheandDom is considered a nuisanceCheandDom is considered a nuisanceCheandDom is considered a nuisance
Re: Horse riding in Switzerland

Quote:
View Post
Hi,
There is a horse riding community in many cantons and you will find riding on school horses not too expensive compared to other any sports training in CH...but all are more expensive than other countries we have lived.
However the process can be a bit repetitive - they expect you to try to get formally qualified and lessons are set up to achieve this.
Having your own horse in stables can be prohibitively expensive. Large labor component and labor is costly here plus complex horse care rules add to the price. Close to Geneva it can be >2000CHF pcm, before you even think about shoes etc.
Hope that helps
B
Thank you so much. I am not sure I could go back to school horses after owning my own my whole life.

How can they expect you to get formally qualified? That sounds a little weird...

It looks like for at least the early part of when we move, I will have to see if I can work ride...
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 15.09.2018, 21:53
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Cape Town
Posts: 32
Groaned at 4 Times in 3 Posts
Thanked 34 Times in 18 Posts
CheandDom is considered a nuisanceCheandDom is considered a nuisanceCheandDom is considered a nuisance
Re: Horse riding in Switzerland

Quote:
View Post
If your predominate worry is cost and what you can or can not do in Switzerland, you maybe coming to the wrong country !


Make no mistake about this SWIZERLAND IS VERY EXPENSIVE. I donm't know what you think is expensive but coming from Safrica think you can very easily double it.


Finding a job without language skills will also be challenging, things move slowly here and there are a lot of qualified people here all speaking English plus German and/or French
I am VERY aware of all of it and did not say I was worried about cost, I did however query as to costs as I will be riding and purchasing another horse when we are settled and I would like to know ahead of the time. Which is a perfectly reasonable thing to ask.

I am also VERY aware of the language and this was not part of my questioning either.
Reply With Quote
This user groans at CheandDom for this post:
  #9  
Old 15.09.2018, 21:56
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Cape Town
Posts: 32
Groaned at 4 Times in 3 Posts
Thanked 34 Times in 18 Posts
CheandDom is considered a nuisanceCheandDom is considered a nuisanceCheandDom is considered a nuisance
Re: Horse riding in Switzerland

Quote:
View Post
Hi! I really understand your situationóI had to give away the mare Iíd trained for dressage myself before coming here.

Do you know where in Switzerland youíll be? Iím not sure if it would change depending on region, but in my experience itís not that different in price from what I was doing in the US. I am taking lessons that would be 55/hour, but Iíve found a wonderful lady who lets me work in exchange since I donít have a job yet and our budget is small. The half leases Iíve seen (demi-pension in French) range from 100/month (usually one ride a week) to 300/month (3+ rides a week).

The lady I take lessons from said between 400-800/month is typical for boarding a horse. Iíve seen for less too, but itís usually pasture/self-care board, which might not be what youíre looking for.

Where you can look to get a better idea is Anibis.ch. Itís kind of like Craigslist, and itís how I found the farms where Iím riding right now. For now, it should be able to give you a better idea of what the cost would be for your region.

And donít hesitate to ask me if you have any questions! Maybe I wonít be able to answer but Iím happy to do my best
Thank you very much for this, much appreciated. Am happy to work ride (am an open showjumper) if that helps aswell. I would eventually be treating myself to a new horse but would like to know the equestrian scene first and start in the shallow end so to speak.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank CheandDom for this useful post:
  #10  
Old 15.09.2018, 21:57
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Cape Town
Posts: 32
Groaned at 4 Times in 3 Posts
Thanked 34 Times in 18 Posts
CheandDom is considered a nuisanceCheandDom is considered a nuisanceCheandDom is considered a nuisance
Re: Horse riding in Switzerland

Quote:
View Post
Can't help from a personal knowledge, but some time ago I found this on my way to looking up something else:

http://www.pferdehome.ch/index.asp

Horse boarding, pension, etc by canton, many with prices included. Probably safe to assume not an inclusive list, but this could give you an overview. Most listings have their homepages linked, more info there.
Absolute rockstar. Thank you.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 16.09.2018, 11:45
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Vaud
Posts: 6
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 6 Times in 3 Posts
Boomer has no particular reputation at present
Re: Horse riding in Switzerland

To ride "unsupervised" or to compete you need to have a minimum certificate of "Brevet" which is examined and you must pass.
You can then jump small courses (up to 1.05M if I recall correctly). Higher licenses (R, N etc) needed for bigger classes.
As a Swiss national you must be examined, but as an incomer you can convert your home country license (similar theory to car driving licenses). I dont know whether you have such competition licenses at home?
Swiss Federation are pretty used to doing this process, there are request forms on their website.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank Boomer for this useful post:
  #12  
Old 16.09.2018, 18:27
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Cape Town
Posts: 32
Groaned at 4 Times in 3 Posts
Thanked 34 Times in 18 Posts
CheandDom is considered a nuisanceCheandDom is considered a nuisanceCheandDom is considered a nuisance
Re: Horse riding in Switzerland

Quote:
View Post
To ride "unsupervised" or to compete you need to have a minimum certificate of "Brevet" which is examined and you must pass.
You can then jump small courses (up to 1.05M if I recall correctly). Higher licenses (R, N etc) needed for bigger classes.
As a Swiss national you must be examined, but as an incomer you can convert your home country license (similar theory to car driving licenses). I dont know whether you have such competition licenses at home?
Swiss Federation are pretty used to doing this process, there are request forms on their website.
This I weirdly agree with as I see the issues riders cause if thier horse gets them too a certain height (if that makes sense). However will try convert the points I have here to the level I would be able to jump at the Swiss equivalent.

Thanks for this.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 17.09.2018, 13:14
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: FR
Posts: 73
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 89 Times in 38 Posts
AnnaSophiaA is considered knowledgeableAnnaSophiaA is considered knowledgeableAnnaSophiaA is considered knowledgeable
Re: Horse riding in Switzerland

Honestly my experience has been that it’s NOT necessary to have the local certification to ride unsupervised here. It’s a matter of finding the right situation. I’m in two work-to-ride situations right now, one where I’m supervised riding but with the goal to “set me loose” with one of the lady’s younger horses when she and I are ready, and the other where I pretty much get to do what I want with the two horses. When I initially put up my ad on Anibis; I summarized my horse experience and my situation, then asked for anyone who was interested. I had almost a dozen replies in less than a week. No one wanted paperwork, they wanted to see if I actually could ride and handle horses of course, but everyone knew I had no kind of Swiss certification.

That being said, I’m in the Broye, so anything but cosmopolitan. I’m sure Geneva is a completely different world. I’m sure around Lausanne as well. OP, you’ll just have to see what the local culture is like wherever you end up in CH! But regardless you’ll have plenty of options, I don’t think you need to worry about giving up riding or anything like that.

Edited to add that I don’t jump. That is also possible a completely different world with its own requirements. But at least for basic dressage, ground work and hacking out, the above is my experience To compete I am pretty sure you have to have certifications.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank AnnaSophiaA for this useful post:
  #14  
Old 17.09.2018, 14:43
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2018
Location: Cape Town
Posts: 32
Groaned at 4 Times in 3 Posts
Thanked 34 Times in 18 Posts
CheandDom is considered a nuisanceCheandDom is considered a nuisanceCheandDom is considered a nuisance
Re: Horse riding in Switzerland

Quote:
View Post
Honestly my experience has been that itís NOT necessary to have the local certification to ride unsupervised here. Itís a matter of finding the right situation. Iím in two work-to-ride situations right now, one where Iím supervised riding but with the goal to ďset me looseĒ with one of the ladyís younger horses when she and I are ready, and the other where I pretty much get to do what I want with the two horses. When I initially put up my ad on Anibis; I summarized my horse experience and my situation, then asked for anyone who was interested. I had almost a dozen replies in less than a week. No one wanted paperwork, they wanted to see if I actually could ride and handle horses of course, but everyone knew I had no kind of Swiss certification.

That being said, Iím in the Broye, so anything but cosmopolitan. Iím sure Geneva is a completely different world. Iím sure around Lausanne as well. OP, youíll just have to see what the local culture is like wherever you end up in CH! But regardless youíll have plenty of options, I donít think you need to worry about giving up riding or anything like that.

Edited to add that I donít jump. That is also possible a completely different world with its own requirements. But at least for basic dressage, ground work and hacking out, the above is my experience To compete I am pretty sure you have to have certifications.

Thank you, am quiet happy just to hack to get my bum in a saddle and keep up my riding fitness until we are fully settled and are able to start looking at leasing and buying horses again.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank CheandDom for this useful post:
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Horse riding in Vaud kateist Sports / Fitness / Beauty / Wellness 0 10.10.2017 19:23
[Vevey/Lausanne]Horse Riding - English speaking tutor/riding companion required. Laurencen Sports / Fitness / Beauty / Wellness 16 25.03.2015 08:39
Horse riding in Geneva Llamrei Sports / Fitness / Beauty / Wellness 1 15.01.2014 11:49
For Sale New Horse riding equipments in Switzerland kashif Commercial 9 05.02.2013 19:39
Horse Riding in Zurich jemma Sports / Fitness / Beauty / Wellness 9 25.01.2011 16:37


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 05:29.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0