|Clinics can be wonderful learning experiences, but|
does the cost of the clinic reflected in the learning experience?
In 2013 the average doctor earned $80 per hour, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- The top commercial pilots make $120/hour
- Anesthesiologists make $100/hour
- Legal professionals make $130/hour
- Orthodontists make $98/hour
- Clinical pharmacists make $53/hour
- Engineers make $61/hour
- Dentists make $78/hour
- Network and computer system admins make $35/hour
What makes a clinician worth that kind of money?
Well, I guess they are really, really accomplished riders and teachers. But how much can be gleaned from a 45-minute session? I guess that depends on you, the rider, and your goals for you and your horse. If a clinician can get you past a problem holding you back, $250 might seem like a bargain. Putting the money down is a leap of faith, though. For the average amateur on the typical horse, who is making progress with proper regular instruction, it may not be worth it.
In my own experience, the best instructors have gotten the chance to know me and my horse over the course of many sessions. Their insights are invaluable. I've had some valuable insights in clinics, but the value of the clinic session had absolutely no relation to the price tag. It seemed to be related to the clinician's focus and interest in me and my horse, and their determination to assess and help.
In fact, if anything I've found that the more expensive clinicians can be more distant