I'd like to say I'm okay with just not riding until whenever, but I'm really not. Living in Ohio, I could go days or weeks without being able to ride outside, or months like in the winter. The weather here is ridiculous and to be honest, if I'm not comfortable I won't ride. If it's been raining and is mucky, there's ice on the ground, it's really windy, or below 20 degrees F, I won't ride outside. Having a younger, mischievous horse, being able to keep his mind working regularly is important. Where I live, the closest barns to me are at least 25 minutes away. I work an hour north of my house, so locations are very difficult to find that are convenient at all and a safe environment. This place is an hour from work and a half hour from my house. The other 3 places I'd been considering were the same, but one had very dangerous "pasture"area, one was $200/mo outside of my price range, and the third would not allow outside trainers and the woman running it has a bad trip with horses and an elitist attitude regarding dressage and everyone else. It was basically the lesser of the evils and I knew some of the people already at this place and they were familiar with my horse.
Plus, I have truck our trailer so I can't be trailering anywhere.
Last edited by SEAmom; 01-30-2013 at 02:46 PM.