Originally Posted by Sweeney Road
Chevaux, an interesting thought! However, I have arranged to have lessons strictly with the mother, and then will move to another stable for lessons.
That was exactly what I was going to suggest you do. Hope that works well for you in the end, but at the end of your business with her don't be afraid to tactfully/politely tell her WHY you're not coming back. Sometimes business owners need to know why they may not be keeping their clientele, otherwise they're left thinking "Bah, crappy customer" instead of the other way around.
And IMHO, never prepay for lessons ANYWHERE until you're extremely comfortable with your barn. Where we are now I'd prepay in a heartbeat as we love it there, but if it was a new barn where we had no idea if a situation like this could occur, sorry...pay by the lesson, of a few lessons at a time tops.