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!!!!