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post #1 of 15 Old 09-10-2012, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Grrr boarding and lessons....

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?
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if you are not happy iwould move from what I have read I would be moving .... ;]
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post #3 of 15 Old 09-10-2012, 10:49 PM
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You could board at one for winter and the other for warmer weather

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post #4 of 15 Old 09-11-2012, 11:32 AM
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At the first barn are you required to take lessons?
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Yes. They only board to those who take lessons or have their horse there for training. But that wouldn't solve anything anyway. The lessons are the only good thing about the place, and even then I get annoyed because she treats me like a beginner.
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post #6 of 15 Old 09-11-2012, 01:32 PM
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I personally would move barns. I think that the second barn would suit your riding style more. You might find someone, once you are there, that will give lessons that is not a part of the barn. If you are interested in the Cowboy Mounted Shooting (my mom does this), I would also say this would be a better fit. It would also fit your riding style, since the shooting patterns are often similar to contesting patterns. You would have to train your horse to gun fire however. But that is not a bad thing!
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Yes. They only board to those who take lessons or have their horse there for training. But that wouldn't solve anything anyway. The lessons are the only good thing about the place, and even then I get annoyed because she treats me like a beginner.
She has to make people feel they need lessons to keep them there.
Move to the scond barn, it sounds like more fun.
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I don't have much to add, but I had to laugh about the stall thing. I grew up peeing in stalls all year long, lol. My 7 year old daughter learned how to do it, too.
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post #9 of 15 Old 09-11-2012, 10:03 PM
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I would say go for the non-dressage barn, and I love dressage! It sounds like a much better fit, a lot more fun, and it would drive me crazy to pay two hundred dollars for lessons I didn't want from someone who will be correcting me all the time. You can always pay a little more once a month or so for a lesson from someone you click, or perhaps even from that instructor, and practice on your own.

And I HATE it when people pee in the stalls!

But it does mean that sometimes you have to hold it a really long time. Once I held it so long, that I absolutely had to go while alone on a trail ride. I rode into the woods, wrapped the reins around my arm, dropped my jeans, and spooked my horse when I started to pee. He took off, I took off hopping after him which spooked him even more... Well, it wasn't a pretty picture, but I still have never peed in a stall.
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post #10 of 15 Old 09-12-2012, 09:58 AM
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Are there any additional options? Are there any other barns in the area? I'd make sure you know completely of all options first.
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