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post #1 of 23 Old 12-23-2012, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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How far do you drive to your lesson?

I'm just curious how far everybody drives to their lesson or barn?

I want to take dressage lessons but the closest barn (only 20-30 mins) is drama-filled, and something I don't want to deal with. The next closest barn is an hour and a half away, which I've never been to but I emailed them, so I'll see what happens! I just don't know if I want to make that long of a drive.
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post #2 of 23 Old 12-23-2012, 08:50 PM
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I haul my horse to the place where my coach gives me lessons, 1/2 drive.
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post #3 of 23 Old 12-23-2012, 09:00 PM
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I drive 10 minutes =] I used to drive 15 to a different barn, and before I moved out the country I would drive 20-30 minutes to lesson from the city.
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post #4 of 23 Old 12-23-2012, 09:05 PM
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It only takes me 20 or so minutes to get to my barn, but I know girls from there who drive 2+ hours to get there.

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post #5 of 23 Old 12-23-2012, 09:33 PM
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its 35 minutes to the barn from my house, and i ususally take my lessons their. If im not having a lesson at my barn, i go 5 minutes to my trainers one way, and for dressage lessons its 10 minutes away. I have gone up to 1.5 hours away for clinics, but thats pretty much my limit(unless its a very special occasion)
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post #6 of 23 Old 12-23-2012, 09:33 PM
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I trailer in 30 minutes each way to my trainer! She's far but it's worth it if you find a good trainer.
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post #7 of 23 Old 12-23-2012, 10:37 PM
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40-45 minutes from my current barn. I'm moving my horse next weekend to a barn even further away. Lol. I'm not sure what the distance will be time-wise. I haven't tracked it yet. It's 10-15 minutes away from my current barn in the opposite direction of my home. It's been this distance for a year now. Before that, I was 15 minutes away for 2 years. I'll hopefully be moving back down around the area he's boarded at in the spring. It does suck a little with gas and doing the drive by myself all the time, but I still get out to the barn a few times a week. In this scenario, I'd personally drive an hour and half for weekly lessons if it was a place I liked
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post #8 of 23 Old 12-23-2012, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks everybody! You're making me feel a little better about making a long drive. Of course, I would probably only be going once a week, but it sounds like this barn has a ton more opportunities for riders than the one that is closer, but we will see. I have yet to get an email back yet. lol

Anyway, keep the responses coming! :)
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post #9 of 23 Old 12-23-2012, 11:28 PM
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Takes me 4 hours on dry roads to haul to my coach. I'm lucky she comes to me about every 4-6 weeks during the winter.
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post #10 of 23 Old 12-23-2012, 11:56 PM
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I am 15 minutes away from my barn. I don't have a regular trainer, but I've hauled an hour away from a riding event.

The drama barn might not be so bad if you're not boarding there. If you keep your horse at your trailer, haul in, tack up, ride, and go right back to your trailer after, that should reduce or even eliminate you getting involved with any drama.

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