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post #1 of 5 Old 02-23-2012, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down my barn's arena caught fire ><

At my barn the arena is connected to a restaurant (way for the owner to make money since there aren't that many students). It was really nice though because you could go eat (really yummy food) and then look down through these huge windows and watch the lessons. Regretfully, the kitchen had a fire and it partly burned the arena's roof! :O I left on vacation for a week and my trainer, as well as I, thought the arena would quickly be fixed and the lessons could carry on normally while they continued rebuilding the restaurant. Well, here I am back from my trip, and apparently that is not the case. Due to construction, the insurance company doesn't want any lessons to be held for a while because they don't want anything to happen during the rebuilding (which is quite understandable and wise).

However, that means I need to go to another barn for lessons. The barn is 10-15 minutes away from my current one, so it's not that bad and the amenities look great. But despite having paid for a group of 10 lessons at my barn ( i still have 7 left) while I take lessons from my instructor at this other one, I need to dish out more money because i am using their horses. Which makes sense, but sort of puts my budget off track. Doesn't life always do that.

Howeveeer, I do find these circumstances quite interesting actually... I am happy I'll be able to check out another barn, as I have been considering riding at 2 different places. One that is more show oriented, and then at my barn I'd ride my favorite horses. I am also very lucky because my trainer sometimes gives me little privileges seeing we're not that many students. (The other barn's lessons are also less expensive and their amenities are better)
The big BUT is, I don't know how well my lessons with my trainer will go, seeing I am riding horses she doesn't know. Hopefully all will go well and I'll learn some new stuff. :)

Oh... and of course the horses are okay. The arena is a good 150 meters away from the barn so the horses were nice and safe as they stopped the fire rather quickly. :)

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post #2 of 5 Old 02-23-2012, 07:18 PM
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A restaurant where you can watch riding lessons sounds amazing. I want to eat there! Hopefully it will all be fixed quickly. Besides, taking lessons from another trainer every once in a while is great because you get a new prospective.

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post #3 of 5 Old 02-23-2012, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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Ya it is really cool eating and watching lessons. However I am not using a new trainer, it is my old one that is moving to the other barn to give us lessons on their horses. :) I would have liked though to try a new trainer, see how it is.

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it does sound like a could idea I wish my barn had that! they'd ahave to be super careful about the horse hair and what not definatly NOT foodsafe!
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-25-2012, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Haha, no don't worry the kitchen was quite cut off from any horse contaminates. The only way I'd see horse hair getting into the food is because some fell off one's clothes while eating. :/

Anyhow, my first lesson with my trainer at the new barn is next week and I'm a little worried about everything. I don't like sudden changes that I haven't taken the decision to make. I also haven't ridden in a while (4 weeks) and that makes me nervous and worried because I don't like not riding for so long. I'm always scared it will greatly ruin my progress... Ugh, it annoys me I cannot ride regularly and have a trainer that makes me progress as much as I want. I feel my seat is slowly getting stabler, but I don't feel I am learning any new techniques... like changing leads at the canter, and jumping. :( Things I've told my trainer I want to learn but she forgets, or things (like this fire) slow things down.

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