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    02-29-2012, 12:59 PM
Unhappy Changing barns, maybe... don't know :(

I’ll tryyy and make this as short as possible as to not discourage readers, and get to the point...

For those who haven't read my other thread, my barn's arena got caught in a fire. This results in me and all the other students of having to go to this other barn to use their arena and horses, but to get taught by my trainer. <-- (just to make sure everybody see's that) this will last a while, as the reconstruction of the arena and restaurant will probably take all summer. (The arena was connected to a restaurant, it was pretty neat).

Despite the inconvenience of it all, I'm actually excited because it permits me to see another barn. I believe in providence, and think this has happened for a reason. Firstly, I've been considering eventually leaving my current stable for one that is more organized and show oriented. I don't know when, but it will hopefully be clear when the time has come. However, I might not even have the money or time to show due to me going into a tough Cegep program next year, but I'd like it if I had a trainer that could concentrate on slowly getting me ready.
To put it in a tiny nut shell, I am not unhappy at my barn (more like a medley of happiness, mixed with a great lack of satisfaction), but I feel like I am getting miles in the saddle without actually going anywhere. In order words, I am learning, because one learns (or brushes up on something) each time one mounts a horse, but I am not actually learning things, as in skills (jumping, changing leads, etc...). The only thing I feel progressing is my balance, but god knows if that hasn’t deteriorated since my last lesson was 5 weeks ago! (Mainly the fire, and then school, are the cause of that.)

Issue is, my barn has pros that could permit me to really advance, but there is ALWAYS something in the way. Either it’s to do with my trainer, or the tack (when I ride I manage to use decent fitting tack, but not always when there are more than 3 students in the lesson) This sometimes puts me off balance and the horse isn’t in his top mood/shape, making things harder than they should), or... in this case, the arena is partly burnt and who knows when they will be able to give lessons in there again. The owner is supposed to fix the outdoor arena (has been saying that for 3 summers now) but promises a lot of things and doesn’t do half of them. My trainer is really the one who takes care of the whole barn, but there is a limit of what she can do as the manager. Hopefully the outdoor arena will finally be fixed, and this summer’s weather will be fine.

Anyhow, I guess you could say I am just tired of seeing people advance amazingly and start to do so many fun things, when I have been riding for so long and am still doing the same usually (beginner) stuff. (And it's not because I am not ready.) For certain things, yes I still need more experience, but for other stuff it's QUITE the time.

I love riding, but I sometimes get scared of a feeling that tells me I am spending soo much money and am not really going anywhere, and maybe I should stop and take it up when I am an adult. I don’t want to stop... I know I’ll deeply regret it later.

Sigh, ...

At the other barn, the lessons are less expensive (don’t know if they have free rides though... as in you pay to ride but it's not a lesson). They aren't a huge barn, but have a healthy and lively amount of students of all ages, good school horses, better facilities, more organized, and they do some shows. I don’t know if I’d be happier there, but I guess I’ll see when I have my lessons at their place. I’ll try and come earlier to catch some of the lessons with the trainers that are there.

Thanks for reading.
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    02-29-2012, 02:14 PM
I'd personally go and watch some lessons at the other barn and see if you like the atmosphere. Ask one of there trainers where they would put you at in a lesson with your riding skill. And more than anything I'd buy your own saddle before you do anything else. Maybe one with an interchangeable gullet so it can fit more horses down the road. Borrowing tack is the hardest for me if I'm at somewhere to go just hang or take a lesson and use someone else's. I don't feel comfortable. To me it looks like your trainer has to much on her plate and is prioritizing things in a different manner of what you might have in your interests. This happens alot with horses. My BO and I have had a few different ideas about things. If it were me. I'd save up and get a saddle then see where I want to go after at the same time checking out other barns.

I have a question though. Can you ride the horse that you ride for lessons when ever Or with out the instructor? If you can try giving your self a lesson. Just tone up your riding skills from what your trainer has taught you. Practice makes perfect. THIS DOES NOT WORK FOR EVERYONE but I taught myself alot of stuff.

But sometimes Depending on how many miles you feel like you have ridden sometimes it just not time.
    02-29-2012, 02:31 PM
I have a question though. Can you ride the horse that you ride for lessons when ever Or with out the instructor?
Yes I can. My trainer considers me experienced enough to ride alone and practice my flat work. I greatly improve in those moments. (During lessons, my trainer also sometimes let's me do my own thing in a part of the arena, while she tries to help another student as they are having difficulties that need one on one time). I usually know what my problems are and like to work on my own to figure them out. The outcome is always good. Like I was having a lot of trouble with my canter and my trainer wasn't really helping much, so when I went for a free ride, she did her thing and let me do my thing and didn't say anything. I got the canter right away and kept it for a long time. This because I did it in my own time, not when she told me to.
Practice makes perfect. THIS DOES NOT WORK FOR EVERYONE but I taught myself alot of stuff.
I was happy because I told myself I could take a bunch of free rides this summer to do my own thing (the cost would also be really cheap), but with the arena and all I don't know if I'll be able after all. :(
    02-29-2012, 02:40 PM
And more than anything I'd buy your own saddle before you do anything else.

I thought of it before, but really I just rather save myself the money and trouble and go to a barn that has proper fitted tack for each horse. Not one bridle shared by two horses, or a saddle shared by 3, because when there are a lot of students and a few horse can't get their usual, they have to use random stuff that don't fit. :(
    02-29-2012, 05:27 PM
That's why I said that you should try to get one with an interchangeable gullet so you can make the greatest attempt to fit what ever horse you do get. Look at it as an investment to your future of riding. It gives you something to show in as well. Plus by the time you save up for your saddle the arena might be safe to ride in. Because they all know they can't make any money til either the arena is fixed or if the restaurant isn't running. This is just my opinion. And since you can't ride in the arena see if you can do some trail riding if there is anything horse friendly.
    02-29-2012, 05:36 PM
Hahaha I thought you said the other barn was more expensive. Not less. If I were you I'd do what I said when I first replied. I'd go watch some lessons and talk to the trainers there. They might have free riding. The worst they can say is no.
    02-29-2012, 06:31 PM
Yes I suppose I'll see how everything works out. I just hope I can talk to some of the people there before my trainer arrives, because I don't want her to know just yet I am thinking of eventually leaving, just in case it doesn't happen for a while. She would be surprised and disappointed if she knew.
    02-29-2012, 06:37 PM
That's why I said that you should try to get one with an interchangeable gullet so you can make the greatest attempt to fit what ever horse you do get.

True, true. I'll keep my eyes open for something suitably priced and in good condition. ;) I won't rush into buying anything yet though. I don't want to end up with a saddle that's worse than my barns, lol. ;) Also if I happen to move and the other barn has plenty of good saddles, I rather spend that money on lessons.
    02-29-2012, 08:22 PM
Anyone have stories of looking for that one perfect barn and finally finding it? Or still looking for it? :/
    03-01-2012, 09:24 AM
SIgh... I keep searching and finding new barns that are less expensive, seem to offer better training, but are 40 min away. :( It's the minimum but if I decide to change how am I suppose to tell my dad, yaaa, well every Saturday this summer, I'm afraid instead of 30 min in the car, we'll be spending over an hour (way+back)... and that's if traffic doesn't appear in the mix. :(

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