Hey all, first post so sorry if I say something stupid. I'm a recent Massachusetts transplant looking for a barn in the Pasadena, CA area. The problems: a) I don't have a horse in CA. B) I'm every trainer's worst nightmare: A jumper rider, who's been occasionally hacking around on a pasture ornament for the last two years.
I'm definitely looking to ride English (preferably hunter/jumper), but I'm also concerned about finding a barn that doesn't judge me for things I can't help. The last show barn I was at told me I needed a new horse because my skin tone didn't look good with my grey horse. They also basically banned my partner from even coming to see me ride in shows, even though the girls were allowed to have their boyfriends. I'm not looking to start a morality debate, I just want a barn that isn't going to make my life difficult over it. Having a barn that isn't hostile toward me because of what I am rather than who I am is a big deal. I'm perfectly happy if they hate me because of how I conduct myself because that's something I can change. I can't put myself through that again.
I know this is going to be hard because I don't have a horse to board and I don't have any recent experience seriously riding. I'm willing to lease come September, since I'm going home for the summer, but I haven't heard of any barn back East that would let a random stranger lease and ride there. Thanks in advance.