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    01-25-2011, 11:51 PM
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Yearling
How to Keep Moving Forward

I've hit a point in my life where I am struggling to move forward and even ride. For reasons I won't get in to on here I was forced to leave my barn at the beginning of January. Regena had just been declared sound by the vet and we were about to get back to work. I had to bring her to my place where I don't have an indoor arena. Nor to I have a plow of any kind so theres no possible way for me to clear space to ride. We've had an ungodly amount of snow this year and any space big enough for riding has 2-3+ feet of snow. The corral where my horses live permanently the snow has all been packed down but its bumpy, uneven and the ground is littered with frozen manure because the horses live there. If I ride in there I risk her going lame again.

I was recently in contact with a new coach who looks super promising. The facility has an indoor arena, a heated and a cold barn. The coach has 25+ years experiance and coach students in dressage, hunter/jumpers and eventing. Just what I need. Her lessons are $45 for a private or you can take 5 a week for $600 a month. Outdoor board is $350 a month. Me and my mom are having some financial problems and right now I can't afford that. Maybe come March I can but not now. She emailed me back and said her student roster is full but for a dedicated serious rider she'll make this acception and accept me as a student. Ahh! This could be what I need to go super far! What do I do!?
     
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    01-26-2011, 02:06 AM
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Yearling
I don't know your work situation, but is there anyway you could be employed at that barn to lower/partially cover the cost of boarding and taking lessons? If her roster is full, then I assume she is busy and probably wouldn't mind an extra hand. It never hurts to ask.
Also, I remember in another post you were saying you didn't live too far from that barn Is it a possibility to keep your horse at your house (you have the facilities, right? Correct me if I'm wrong) and strictly truck in to take lessons at the barn? Or possibly bard at somewhere less expensive, but within riding distance?
I'm just throwing the possibilities out there. Hope everything turns out for you in the end.
     
    01-26-2011, 02:08 AM
  #3
Trained
It all depends on what you can afford. I would go and check this place out just to see how the stables/yards are, the coach (perhaps go and watch a lesson if you are allowed?). Is it suitable for your horses? Is the coach what you are looking for? Will you get stablehands to care for your horse if you can't get there everyday? Are they qualified?
$45 is excellent for a private lesson and if the trainer is a good as you say, you would be mad to refuse! I think that if you think it is alright, you can afford it, and it is suitable for your horse, Give it a go and if it doesn't work out, you could move to another barn.

Good luck
     
    01-26-2011, 03:16 AM
  #4
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Beau,

If your horse is happy during these winter months, you might do something just for YOU. Like, take a dance class. This will improve your balance, fitness and open other brain pathways. Yoga. Pilates. Belly dancing. Ballroom dance.
Or do something like Badminton (works on reflexes and gets you laughing)

Let your horse do his own thing, while you do yours. Just for a couple of months. You will both come out the other side refreshed. Better than stressing about what you can't do.
     
    01-26-2011, 03:27 AM
  #5
Trained
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
Beau,

If your horse is happy during these winter months, you might do something just for YOU. Like, take a dance class. This will improve your balance, fitness and open other brain pathways. Yoga. Pilates. Belly dancing. Ballroom dance.
Or do something like Badminton (works on reflexes and gets you laughing)

Let your horse do his own thing, while you do yours. Just for a couple of months. You will both come out the other side refreshed. Better than stressing about what you can't do.
Hahah I agree. Totally off topic but give it a go Beau, It is fun and hillarious!!
     
    01-26-2011, 02:14 PM
  #6
Yearling
I wish I could trailer in but we don't own a truck or trailer so that option is out and she's not close enough to ride to. My mom told me we need to wait a couple weeks to see cause we're having some family issues. Once those are sorted out it'll be a definite yes or no on if we can afford it.
     
    01-26-2011, 05:53 PM
  #7
Trained
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Originally Posted by Beau Baby    
I wish I could trailer in but we don't own a truck or trailer so that option is out and she's not close enough to ride to. My mom told me we need to wait a couple weeks to see cause we're having some family issues. Once those are sorted out it'll be a definite yes or no on if we can afford it.

Ok that's good, where are you keeping her now?
     
    01-26-2011, 06:38 PM
  #8
Yearling
She's at my place right now PintoTess. My facilities are sorely lacking though. I have a main corral where the horses stay all winter and its slightly sloped, the ground is uneven and its littered with manure so its not the safest place to ride. I can do no more than trot and very little of that. The rest of my property is under 3+ feet of snow. We've had a lot more than usual this year.
     
    01-26-2011, 08:05 PM
  #9
Foal
She emailed me back and said her student roster is full but for a dedicated serious rider she'll make this acception and accept me as a student. Ahh! This could be what I need to go super far! What do I do!?

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Perhaps she wants you to prove you are a dedicated, serious rider. Contact her back (phone might be better than e-mail), and say you'd love to have the opportunity to prove yourself to her. March is only 1 month away! So for the month of February, offer to volunteer for this trainer. Offer to go every day if you can, and just tell her you'll help out any way you can, since you can't ride right now. Prove you are a hard worker and good with horses. See if there is someone there who needs their horses ridden. There often is someone who could use a good rider to help with their horse. Then, at the end of the month of February, you and your mom will know exactly what you can and can't do, and this trainer will know you better. At that point, sit down with her and work out a realistic set up for everyone. $350 board and $45 private lesson sounds pretty good to me!

And yeah, tiny hit it just right, go ahead and do some fun form of exercise to keep in shape in the mean time. I doubt one more month of hanging out will hurt your horse.
     
    01-26-2011, 08:53 PM
  #10
Yearling
My friend wants me to start working out at the gym with her so I may try that.
     

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