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?