Originally Posted by Captain Evil
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.
I love dressage too! But I learned everything I know about it at a barrel racing barn. I'm one of those that believe in using dressage principles in ALL facets of riding. She treats me like because I have not sold my soul to the dressage gods, that I don't know anything.