I recently switched from Western riding to English. Actually, I started out English, did western, now I'm back to English. I had to switch barns (I don't have a horse by the way) to do English, and I'm kind of conflicted about what I should do.
To start off, don't get me wrong, I love doing English and jumping, and I love my new barn, but I don't really like how they treat the horses. One lesson I had, a little girl was on her horse (who was too much horse for her IMO), and was having problems controlling it. So the trainer (the only one over there) goes over and kicks the horse in the stomach and stuff, which I think was uncalled for, and should never be called for.
The western barn I was at did natural horsemanship, so switching to the English barn (no offense to English riders) I think gave me a little bit of a "training shock"' such as in the difference between how the western barn handled/trained horses vs. how the English barn does it.
There are 3 English barns in my area that I know of, the one that I'm at now, lets call it barn A, another barn that we'll call barn B, and a third barn that I used to go to (before Western) that we'll call barn C.
I like Barn A, it is a nice (as in fancier) barn, but I can't say I agree with the training methods and how the horses are treated (refer to in the second paragraph), and I get nervous for my lessons because I feel like I just do stuff wrong all the time when I'm riding.
I have been to Barn B for a show, but the trainers from my Western barn said that the trainer at Barn B is kind of mean to the horses, and I don't really like that barn too much.
I used to go to Barn C, but they over horsed me and put me on horses who were too much for me (I was 8 or so). My mom doesn't like this barn either.
I really like riding English, but I don't know what to do about barns. I don't want to keep jumping around from barn to barn and not stay anywhere. When I'm doing lessons at my current barn, I just feel like I can't get anything right when I'm riding; like I always mess up. And I know that's what lessons are for, to help you fix your mistakes and be a better rider. Its not like my trainer is yelling at me all the time but I just feel like I can never get things right.
What should I do? I still have lessons to do at my current barn, I'll see how many I have left and I may take a short break from riding (it will kill me, I know it) just to get my thoughts together about what I really want to do.
So should I just wait it out at my current barn? Its just that I don't like what my trainer did to that horse (kneeing it, kicking it in the stomach, all that); I don't think its fair to the horse.