Shoud I switch barns and how should I do it?
I just started taking riding lessons about a month ago, and they are my favorite thing in the world. Before I started riding I was extremely anxious to begin jumping. Obviously since I have started I now know it will be a while before I can jump, and I also and found out that the barn that I am going to (my mom chose it and she doesn't know much about riding, but she tries) teaches saddle seat and western only. I have found at least two barns near me that I can jump at, but I've only been going to the saddle seat barn for a month, and I will feel really bad if I leave. The people there are really nice and they are very good at teaching saddle seat, but it just doesn't feel right to me. I love that fact that I am actually getting to be around a horse (I don't own or lease one), but the high stepping just isn't appealing to me.
My younger sister just started riding at this barn too, which makes it a little bit harder for me to leave it. I'm sure my mom will make both of us change if one of us does, and I don't know how she feels about the kind of riding and I definitely don't want to make her change if she likes it.
My mom said she and my dad have to agree on switching, but my dad was not excited with the idea of me riding even though he grew up around horses.
I'm also not sure if I should switch so soon. My older sister said I should stay at the saddle seat barn until I can "actually ride it" , but she is a dancer and has barely any horse experience. She also told me that saddle seat and hunt seat were practically the same thing, which they are definitely not.
So what do you think I should do? Switch when I can, or continue at the same barn for my sisters? How should I tell my barn owner I'm leaving? Some facts would also be nice so I can get an answer out of my parents before school starts.
Last edited by sheilabuffalo; 07-20-2012 at 11:06 PM.