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post #1 of 8 Old 07-15-2012, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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Deciding where to board.

I'm trying to decide where to board/take lessons. Both places are about the same price, have indoor and outdoor arenas, places to ride in the pasture, and nice, clean facilities. One offers dressage lessons, but right now they're full and I may never even get a chance to take lessons at all if I go there. Their outdoor arena is also smaller and they're farther away, but I love dressage and they have barrels and poles there that I can set up to practice on.
The other place only has general western riding lessons and the lady is into parelli. I do not like parelli. Not one bit. But they have a mounted shooting club that meets every tuesday, and that looks fun! Their outdoor arena is also cooler, it's HUGE and even has big lights so you can ride out there in the dark.
Gah! I just don't know which to choose!
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I almost went with a dressage barn with the better location but after meeting with people at the hunter jumper barn and their facilities, though further away from the trail system, I am going with the latter. Plus my trainer can come teach at that barn. Does the trainer at each barn train all disciplines or just dressage at one and the other is western?
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If the care for my horse is of the same standard at both places, I'd be looking at community. People can make or break your time spent at the barn.
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I would spend some time hanging out at each barn, meet some of the other boarders... are there people your age there? DOes one seem to have more drama than the other? Is the time YOU would be there busier at one barn or the other? Can you get in the indoor when YOU will be able to be there, or is it busy with lessons then? Spend some time during the time YOU would be there, and see how they each feel. All else being equal, being happy and comfortable at the barn can make or break the experience!
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I'm trying to decide where to board/take lessons. Both places are about the same price, have indoor and outdoor arenas, places to ride in the pasture, and nice, clean facilities. One offers dressage lessons, but right now they're full and I may never even get a chance to take lessons at all if I go there. Their outdoor arena is also smaller and they're farther away, but I love dressage and they have barrels and poles there that I can set up to practice on.
The other place only has general western riding lessons and the lady is into parelli. I do not like parelli. Not one bit. But they have a mounted shooting club that meets every tuesday, and that looks fun! Their outdoor arena is also cooler, it's HUGE and even has big lights so you can ride out there in the dark.
Gah! I just don't know which to choose!

Based off of what you said it basically boils down to your opportunity to ride at night if your schedule allows it, or have the patience to get on the waiting list for the dressage lessons
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One offers dressage lessons, but right now they're full and I may never even get a chance to take lessons at all if I go there.
Barn full or lesson program full?

Many points -

Further away = more time on the road and more fuel $

Is there a traveling trainer that could come to barn 2 for dressage lessons? Or can you trailer to another instructor?

If PP is a 'heck no' in your world, will the BO attempt to sway you? That could make barn visits uncomfortable.

Outdoor lights are a wonderful thing.
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Everyone has made great points but it ultimately depends on what you want to do with your horse and how comfortable you are at either barn. If you like the barn and the people, you will be happier there and make other training arrangements if neccessary.

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I would spend some time hanging out at each barn, meet some of the other boarders... are there people your age there? DOes one seem to have more drama than the other? Is the time YOU would be there busier at one barn or the other? Can you get in the indoor when YOU will be able to be there, or is it busy with lessons then? Spend some time during the time YOU would be there, and see how they each feel. All else being equal, being happy and comfortable at the barn can make or break the experience!
I think she hit it on the head. If both stables have similar opportunity with the facilities, I would take a look at the type of people at both. What are the trainers like as well. Good luck with choices, and keep us posted.
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