Maybe the kind public on here can offer their opinions? I have ridden forever and after moving half way across the country, I had to leave my old barn and the horses I rode. So I found a barn that does dressage (my thing is barrel racing, but I was like hey, might as well work on my equitation a little!) the thing is, the instructor, while very thorough, is a bit of a micromanager and gets on my nerves just a bit. She's friendly but treats me like I've been riding for 5 minutes and I'm dreading that once I start boarding there, she'll be breathing down my neck all the time while I'm riding on my own. There's another barn that is GREAT. The owner is super super friendly, it's a fantastic facility, but there's no lessons there. They do, however, have mounted shooting club meetings there. I will be able to go to a few clinics a year to keep up everything polished, but I've done some training myself and know what I'm doing. I don't need lessons all the time for what I'm into. The distance and price will be the same (the first barn, where I'm riding at now has much cheaper board b/c the facility isn't so great and I found out in the winter, kids go to the bathroom IN THE STALLS. EW! The other place is almost double the amount of board, but I won't be spending almost $200 a month on lessons.
Oh, wow, sorry this is long...hopefully you're still reading this.....final summary: Should I keep riding and boading at the current barn or go to the nicer barn but not get lessons?