Originally Posted by SannyDeeSmiler
Thank all of you for the thoughtful and patient replies I have received.
One person in particular said I should use my entrepreneurial skills to find other barns. I think that's a real eye opener, because I have been looking for other barns, but there seems to be nothing. I guess now the only thing left to do is keep trying - and harder this time. I guess I'll let all of you know how that goes, but I'll more than likely have to find someplace outside my community. (That should not be a problem.
One of you asked me why I'm so fascinated with this particular place that I want(ed) to go back to. I think the only answer to that is that it just felt looser and more laid back. Everywhere else is so strict.
Regardless, I think all of you are right. My take on it now is, even if I could go back, I probably wouldn't want to.
I'll keep you posted!
I am also very confused on what you were actually doing at the farm. If you were just wanted to hang out and bond with the horses, I can definitely understand the other farms being "strict". They don't want some random (nice or not) messing with and potentially harming their horses. You wouldn't walk into a doggie daycare and just start playing with the dogs, would you?
I highly recommend finding a farm and doing a half-lease with lessons. That way you can bond with a specific horse while improving your skills, and it will put your name out there in a GOOD light.
Or, you could always try and find a local horse rescue to volunteer with