I've ridden once a week at a small barn an hour from my house for the last 7 years - about two years ago, I tried to switch to a closer stable, but found myself right back at the place I started (which is not at all bad) - I love the horses there, and the people are all like family to me. All of that said, it's just too far away for me to go more than once a week, and I feel like, at this point in my riding, the only way I'm going to progress is to have more practice - I know what I need to do, but I just don't physically have the control over my body needed to do it properly.
I have tried finding a horse to lease near me, but there just isn't anything - I've browsed ads, I've posted wanted ads, and I haven't found anything good. And I can't afford to buy my own horse (actually, I could buy it, but not afford to keep it
), so that is unfortunately not an option.
What else can I do???