First, some background. I have been at this barn for 2 years now. I work a couple of shifts there in exchange for lessons. Lately the work has been getting to be to much for me. I am exhausted before I'm done with my shift and I am having worsening issues with one of my ankles which makes walking for any length of time pretty painful. (This ankle issue is also making riding extremely painful so I haven't ridden in a few weeks). In addition, I have had a sort of falling out with some of the people at this barn which has made being there uncomfortable for me. All of these things have brought me to the decision to switch barns.
I have checked out one barn in my area that I used to ride at when I was younger. Before going I had been figuring that I would like everything there and want to move to that barn. Now that I have visited there I am not sure that is where I want to be. My main concern is the quality of instruction there. The main instructor there is younger than I am. Not that learning from someone younger than me bothers me, it is just that I am not very old. I don't know a lot and so I question the amount of experience someone younger has. I only got to see her teacher a 6 year old so I didn't really get a feel for how well she teaches and how much she knows. Aside from that, there are a few small concerns I have but I can deal with them if the instruction is good. I want to go back at another time when I can see some more advanced lessons being taught and get a better feel for how good this girl is. In the mean time I have found two other barns that I could check out. I really like the looks of one while the other seems less serious than I would like. I am already torn on where to go and I've only seen one option so I'd like some opinions on the situation.
Also, in preparation for leaving my current barn I informed them I didn't want my shifts anymore. Since I don't get paid with actual money and some don't consider it a real job I was unsure how to do about 'quitting'. So I figured I would just make them aware I no longer wanted my shifts. I guess that was kind of dumb of me. I don't know if I thought they would tell me how much notice they wanted or what. I ended up being told that they would let me know when they found someone to take my shifts. Considering the state of things there, I don't think that will be happening anytime soon. I don't know what to do now. I can't keep working there until they find someone unless it's soon but I've kind of screwed things up for myself by not saying how long I would keep working. I really don't know what to do here.