I've been riding at this stable for half a year now, since September. I really loved it at first, trotting and lunging and going over poles. But lately it seems that everything is... blah, I guess you could put it. For the past month I've been doing nothing but trotting around an arena, sometimes, If I'm lucky, trotting over poles. I feel as if my Instructor is holding me back for my group partner, who has only been riding a few weeks I'm guessing and has a hard time getting her horse to trot and can't trot the round ends of the arena. I'm getting bored with riding! Just going for an hour every week to trot around an arena with a rude horse? Oh yeah, the horses there practically ALL have a vice of some sort. The lesson horses alone are girthy and bite! One windsucks, and another one was "put on probation" for the week for kicking the Instructor! Then, I don't know how to catch or handle my horse confidently. After six months, I should have SOME idea, right? I take her out of her stall, (Only if she has a halter on- I can't halter her, she throws her head up) cross-tie and groom her, and if my Instructor tells me to saddle her then I can, but she's girthy so I usually don't. I have absolutely NO experience with haltering or bridling. We go in the arena, mount, and ride. Then we leave. The horses are used for lessons after me, so we don't usually untack or put them away. I don't really know anyone at the stable, and nobody's tried to talk to me, not even my Instructor! Only the barn owner picks up a conversation, and she's been banned from the barn due to a knee injury for the next few weeks. At this point, would you have second thoughts about going here? Or is there something I'm doing wrong? I just need help deciding if I should contact another stable, or stick this out for a few more months, possibly until the BO comes back and spring melts all the snow... I'm just so confused and upset. I really love horses, and don't want to mess up my future with them. (There are only two stables around here... they're both really close-linked.) Thanks!