Last night we had puppy class. We had a sub instead of our usual teacher, and thank goodness we did! Not only did we learn more in that one class than we did the whole 8 weeks we were there, but I learned that the sub teaches riding lessons too!
I talked to the sub after class, as it turns out, she is no more than 10 mins from me, she has a heated indoor arena, does both western (games, barrels, WP) and english (no jumping), AND THE BEST PART.... She's 1/2 the price of my current barn.
We talked about it for awhile after class, and she invited me out to take a look. I already like how they start off training. The first lesson you groom, pick hooves, tack up, and lunge, that's it. The next couple of lessons, you are on the horse, but on a lunge line, after that you are off on your own, under instruction.
We talked about our current barn, and as I've been finding out here and there, the horse world can be a bit two faced. The sub knows of the owner of the barn that I'm at, and simply said "She'd be a good trainer if she could stay on her own horse."
So, have any of you changed barns while taking lessons? How many times? How did you go about telling the other barn that you were leaving for a different facility?