Leaving a barn w/ Relationships intact
So, I have been fighting with the possibility of changing barns for awhile. I actually did post a thread about it awhile back, but got sick with pneumonia before I could go check it out.
The family and I braved the bitterly cold weather yesterday to check out the new barn. It's really nice. They are mainly a family facility, family owned and run; they focus on having a laid back atmosphere and having the best care of the horses.
They have two really nice barns, a nice heated indoor arena, a smaller outdoor, and are building a nice 100x200 outdoor this summer. They have access to to trails, and a HUGE pasture. They also bring pasture boarded horses inside in the event of bad weather.
As if all of that wasnt enough, this new barn charges 1/2 the price for lessons as my current barn, AND they are about 100 dollars cheaper for board.
Where I am having my issue is the relationship I have with the people at my current barn, mainly my trainer. I have said it myself that I don't feel like I am getting much from the lessons I have been doing, also she is a bit pushy and is the type of person who you talk to, she always turns things over to herself (like she has to 'one-up' you). Yea, you're probably thinking, whats the issue? My trainer has connected me to some pretty good horse people. Like say a guy who has insanely cheap tack, another person who buys horses at auctions and re-sells the 'good' horses for cheap. She has also said that she would help me find the right hose.
I'm afraid of losing those connections, and that help. But I also feel like our personalities clash a bit. I don't know. I want to change barns, but I don't want to taint any future relationship I may have with my current trainer.
How would you handle this situation?