Montreal bridge is crumbling down, crumbling down, crumbling down, very long rant
Well, to go to my barn takes 15 min. (Which is amazing if you live in the city like I do). However the bridge I need to take to get there is crumbling. They haev been fixing it up for god knows how long, but it's mostly patch up work and as soon as it seems like they are progressing and the bridge will be almost fully open again (only half of it is open), they find something else that is very wrong and hazardous and that they need to fix immediately. So, they cut even MORE lane room to allow even LESS cars so it doesn't fall apart from the weight. (which is wise of them, but FOR GOODNESS SAKES JUST BLOW IT UP AND BUILD A NEW ONE!) It would muuch be cheaper in the long run.
Anyhow so my sister keeps teasing me that the bridge will one day crumble and that I should change barns.
So I looked up some barns that I could use as a backup plan if the bridge did fall apart or close down. (I'm not exaggerating here though, it really is bad).
I found this barn, which seems really great and around the same price as my current one. And... well I'm happy at my barn, but sometimes I get so fed up of the non fitting tack and I like my trainer but sometimes I feel she... well for example, I am preparing X to canter, so I'm trotting him around and she tells me ok, next corner sit and canter, but I know both horse and rider are not prepared. I'm still gaining and developing control and that feel, where I know X is really listening to me and isn't just doing half of what I'm trying to ask him. BUt I ask the canter anyways as well as I can, or less she'll think I just failed to do it, but the canter fails anyways because I am not prepared. With X, you will only obtain the canter if you have a few things in check already. It took me a while to know what they are, and I can already predict if my canter will be successful or not.
ONce she had to concentrate on the other student so I was using the other half of the arena. I was practicing my canters and X gave them to me each time I asked because when I asked him, it was because I knew I was prepared, and I knew he was ready to give it to me if I asked properly.
She was amazed and so proud of me, but she didn't realize it was partly because she wasn't pushing me. I like how she pushes me, but sometimes it get's in the way. :/
Sorry this is so long, but basically, I am goign to stay at my current barn, and maybe think of changing next summer? Or the one after that... I guess whenever I feel like I need to move on.
The advantages of this other barn are: They have lot's of students, they have a big indoor and outdoor (I miss riding outdoors), they have nice trails, beautiful pastures with good fencing, teh horses look good, they show. (At my barn there is only one girl who shows, so it would be hard for me to show where I am now)
A ride a day keeps the worries away!