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    01-12-2011, 02:52 PM
Having difficulty finding a place to take lessons…thoughts?

I'm kinda new to my area (Central CT) and I've started taking lessons at a show barn near me. Although I like my trainer, I’m not very impressed with the place itself. It seems to me like they aren’t very concerned with basic horsemanship and they aren’t very friendly or helpful outside of the ring. I’d like to find another place but I’m having a hard time even getting anyone else to return my call…is that normal?

One place I called is very close to my house and, according to their website, seems like it has what I’m looking for. I have left 2 phone messages and an email and no one has bothered to get back to me. It is pretty weird. I’m bummed since this place would be so convenient. Should I just show up over there and introduce myself?

I emailed a 3rd place that is a little farther from home but they responded right away telling me just to stop by. When I did, the BO was kind of distracted but told me to take a look around on my own, no big deal. The place is nice and the horses look well cared for. When I got home I emailed him telling him that I would like to set up some lessons and I never heard back.

Ideally I’d like to ride at several places to find the one that I like the best, but I feel like I have to beg these places to take me (and my $$), what gives?
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    01-12-2011, 03:04 PM
Try again.

Electronic communication is not the most reliable. E-mails and voice mails get delayed or lost entirely.
    01-12-2011, 03:12 PM
Originally Posted by mls    
Try again.

Electronic communication is not the most reliable. E-mails and voice mails get delayed or lost entirely.
I was wondering that...is it rude to just show up unannounced and ask for the BM or trainer?
    01-12-2011, 03:12 PM
If there's one thing I've learned about the horse industry, it's that horse people tend to be flakey. How long has it been since you've left those messages? If it's been less than a week, or even less than 2 weeks, I'd wait a little while longer and call again.

I'm sure it's not that they don't want your business - they are probably just busy and struggling to find a time to get back to you.
    01-12-2011, 03:52 PM
With the barn I teach at the lead trainer is in touch with 30+ students often and her student helpers and her training employees and keeping track of the 13 lesson horses and giving lessons and riding her horse when she can and having a life outside the barn (I know, how dare she! Haha). Running a business like this is incredibly busy, so voice mails and emails get pushed aside often. I would say try contacting them again and if there is no reply I don't see why you can't go down and ask. You really need to see the place in person anyways.
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    01-12-2011, 04:24 PM
Go in person. I phoned my place a few times, couldn't get a place but when I went and talked to the owner in person. I now have a weekly spot.

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