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. :)
Here's a picture.