Is there a way to put "Update" in the thread title? I couldn't figure it out.
Anyway, I wanted to update. My heart is broken. Charlie was sold over Christmas. A young girl who rides at the barn bought him. I had no idea that anyone was even looking at him. I totally understand that's how it goes. First with the money gets him. I wasn't ready to buy just yet but I was going to make the exception for him. I was preparing to get a run-in shed for my property and hopefully bring him home this month.
I was so mad at myself for not getting him sooner but I didn't want to make the mistake of buying too soon. But waiting wasn't a good idea either. Ugh. I'm heartbroken over it.
Well, I lost Charlie and I'm done with the barn. I have a few possibilities of barns in my area. One is a little further than this one but I think it will work. Another option is there is a wonderful trainer in my area who goes to your house so when I do finally get a horse, I can have her giving me lessons here.
It was so, so awkward telling my trainer that I wasn't coming back. I know I should have explained exactly why but I knew that I'd get nothing but excuses. So I just said that I was looking for a barn with a greater focus on English riding and one that had an indoor arena so I could ride all year and not have to skip multiple lessons because the ring is muddy. And really that is part of the reason I'm not happy there. She didn't seem happy but I think she's used to people coming and going at this point.
Just wanted to update you all. Thank you SO much for all of your advice. I really needed to hear it. I don't know that I would have made the decision on my own.