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    03-28-2011, 06:55 PM
  #1
Weanling
I'm gonna get a new trainer! But the search is frustrating...

(I don't think this is the right section, but I can't think of a better one.)
While my trainer makes me want to tear all my hair out, this search is driving me INSANE!
As you may or may not know, my trainer is pretty much wrong for me in every single way. After lots of discussion with my mom and lots of tears, I decided to leave the barn sometime in this coming fall. I know, its a long way away. But the least I can do for that horse I'm in love with is a good summer of schooling under saddle. Not to mention that I'm under financial contract until September anyway...As of now, I'm going to be riding at my current (bad) barn until June, leasing for July and August while looking and maybe test riding at new barns, and quitting sometime between September and December.

So I've found great barns and terrible barns. Fancy show barns and happy hacker barns. I've looked at 10 freaking pages of barns on Google. I think I'm going to vomit. My main issue seems to be that I don't own a horse and leasing isn't an option, so I can't just go to ANY barn I want. Many of the places I really like don't have lesson horses except old fat ponies for young children, if any lesson horses at all. I wouldn't mind riding at a show barn. I don't care if the people are snotty. I just want a barn where I can get a good education and the horses are treated well.

Here's the kicker that's killing me:

See that little red dot with the arrow pointing to it? That's me.
See all the other dots? (Ignore letters) Those are barns.
Notice the huge void of barns around me? Yeah. That's a problem. Especially with my mom imposing a strict time limit on me. I can't go to any barn farther than 45 minutes away. Not even 50 minutes away.
I can't go to any east of Newark because traffic going into NYC is so bad it would take hours to get to the barn even though they are closer than most of the other barns.
I also can't go much farther south east than Perth Amboy because of beach traffic. A 20 minute drive could, again, become hours long.
For reference, I can only go about as far as H west. Okay, so here's a second map, taking into account my distance thing.

While this isn't a horribly small amount of barns, unfortunately many of the ones I've really come to like are juuuust outside of that little circle. It's so tempting! Curse you, suburbia!
Okay. Done with my little mini vent. My mom said she might consider going to one of the far-away barns on Saturdays and riding elsewhere during the week. We'll see.
Anyway, that's my little mini-update on my situation.


So, just wondering, how did YOU find the barn you ride at/board at/lease at? I know word of mouth seems to be how it happens for most people, but the lack of riders in my area makes that difficult. THANKS FOR READING!!!!
     
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    03-28-2011, 07:27 PM
  #2
Weanling
I found my barn by internet searching. Its about ten or fifteen minutes away, and its a show barn, in a sense. You don't have to show, but most of us do. Just keep looking :) you really have to go to the barn to tell if you like it. One I was considering going to looked amazing online; manicured jumping ring, beautiful horses, amazing barn. When I got there, the arena was ruined and the horses were crowded in paddocks. The arena was being used as one! The barn was nice, but it was deserted. No one was there. I just didn't like the atmosphere. So then I went to look at another barn. The arena was okay, the barn kinda falling apart, but being kept as best they could, friendly people always to help, and any horse to fit any level of riding. Plus its a christian barn :P now I ride there and love it! By far the best I have ever been to. So rule of thumb? Barns online are decieving.
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    03-28-2011, 07:36 PM
  #3
Yearling
I found my barn just hey way you are doing it, google then finding ones I like and checking them out. It took me about three months to come to a decision so you are right to start looking now. I know your mom said nothing over 45 minutes, but sometimes the travel times on google are wrong, it says that it is 50 min. From where I live but it is actually just about half an hour give or take a few minutes in either direction, I would say if you find one you like that is a little over 45 min, maybe convince your mom to take a drive out there just to see if is actually that long.
     
    03-28-2011, 07:55 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by SMCLeenie    
I know your mom said nothing over 45 minutes, but sometimes the travel times on google are wrong, it says that it is 50 min. From where I live but it is actually just about half an hour give or take a few minutes in either direction, I would say if you find one you like that is a little over 45 min, maybe convince your mom to take a drive out there just to see if is actually that long.
Yeah, I'm keeping a list of all the ones I like including the far away ones. I'm going to visit them over the summer, so if it turns out that the number was supposed to include traffic (which there may happen to be none of) then I may be in luck. But, seeing as I live in NJ and the only low traffic time is when the sun is down, I think Google's measurements are generally accurate.
     
    03-28-2011, 11:26 PM
  #5
Showing
Looking for right (for you) instructor is a pain in butt and may take very long. I went through 6 or 7 before I found one who made me and my horses to progress together (before I had almost zero progress what so ever). Now one of the best ways to go is recommendations, BUT for me they didn't work at least 3 times (although I found my current trainer per recommendation on a different forum as well). All I can suggest is be patient and keep trying. :)
     
    03-28-2011, 11:38 PM
  #6
Weanling
Thanks. I know once I find a trainer I'll be really happy, but for now its frustrating. Its also a little disheartening because I'll only be at the barn for about a year before I leave for college. Yuck.
     

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