A few months ago I switched from a Western barn to an English barn, because I really missed jumping and the "active-ness" of riding English. My old barn wasn't a boarding barn, just a barn at the owner;s property, nothing big or fancy. My new barn is one of those big fancy boarding barns (not trying to brag, just as a comparison). Don't get me wrong, I like my new barn. I'm not thinking of switching back because I really like English more than I liked Western.
The thing is I miss the people at my old barn! They used natural horsemanship methods, and I miss being able to work with the horse and bond with them.
I'm going back to my old barn over the summer to help with summer camps but as far as I know I'm still doing English lessons over the summer too, which is good with me. I'm really excited to go back and help at my old barn though, because I miss everyone. That place was like my home. I still consider it my "home barn."
The only thing I don't like about my new barn is that you don't really get to bond with the horse. You don't get to do groundwork, or really get to know the horse. At my old barn, you and the horse learned together, not in the sense of young horse and young rider "teaching each other" but you learned together from the trainers. I felt like I was connecting with the horse when I rode. At my new barn, when I ride, I feel like the horses have that "just going through the motions" attitude.
So, I just wanted to share and get this out. I'm so excited to go to my old barn this summer!! I'm planning on visiting this weekend.
As a note, my old barn has an advanced rider camp that I normally go to during the summer. I hope I'm invited! When I rode there I was invited to all the advanced camps and I hope I still am because they were really fun.
Thanks for reading!