3 Lessons a Week at 3 Barns?
Ok. So here is my convoluted long story.
I have been riding at Barn A since I was a wee tyke. It is located about 15 minutes from my house, and 55 minutes from my school, according to Google Maps, but the actual drive is shorter. All summer, I have been looking for a horse to bring there to do a year long lease and get seriously into showing hunters, and planned on continuing to ride there when I go back to school later this month.
Barn B is the barn where my school's equestrian team rides. I'm not a huge fan of the facilities or the horses they provide, but its not up to me where the team practices, and I have to take lessons with the team in order to be part of the show team.
So my plan was to just squeeze in my weekly team lesson at Barn B once a week, and take another lesson with my trainer at Barn A, and go to Barn A a few times a week to ride my horse.
However, here we are at the end of the summer, and I have yet to find a horse. What I originally wanted was a six month lease, of which 3 months would be summer, three would be school, to make sure I could actually handle having a horse at school. I then hoped to purchase a horse if this all went well. My trainer offered me one of the advanced lesson horses for a lease, but another of the advanced lesson horses has retired since then (he was a big grey warmblood with LOTS of melanomas, and all the sudden they seem to be affecting him a lot, and he collapsed in a lesson and is no longer fit to be ridden). So I don't know if the other horse will still be available, and in all honesty, I'd feel kind of bad taking one of the only good lesson horses away from my other friends who can't afford their own horse, when I can.
While I was searching for a horse to lease, I came across this barn that is closer to my school (but further from my house) that seems really nice. Let's call this Barn C. I was considering switching there, I had made another thread about that. It seems like more of a show barn than my own Barn A, and that ultimately is what I want to do. Plus it is closer to school, which is a huge plus.
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So the plan I came up with was to take a weekly private each with Barns A and C, and then my team group lesson with Barn B. That would be three lessons a week, two of them with reputable trainers on quality show horses. Three lessons a week would not be leasing a horse, but I feel the time commitment would be similar, so maybe I could still get an idea. I wouldn't, however, have any of the responsabilities that come with a lease (not sure if that is good or bad). And instead of leasing a horse I have no intention of buying, I could save my money for a horse that I would want to buy. These lessons would only come to $400 a month, as opposed to $1200+ if I were to lease.
Has anyone done anything as complicated as this? How has it worked out?
If you read this whole thing you are my hero.
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~Winston Churchill