So a few weeks ago I tried out the sale horse Willby a couple times to see if I liked him enough to buy him. Well I did, but he was unfortunately out of my price range and we weren't able to talk the owners down to a price we would be able to buy him at. Anyway, after that she never really gave me anything to work with. I told her what I wanted and she said she knows all these trainers/instructors who are selling more by word of mouth and very little advertising so it wouldn't be too hard to find something suited to me in my price range.
Well it's been a few weeks and I have barely heard back from her. I sent her a text about a week ago or so just briefly asking her about it and she said she would "try" to find something for me. I do want to add that I don't obsessively text her. Like I don't believe I have sent her a text in the past 2 weeks (despite her not trying to contact me) and my mom said to just leave it be for now because she's probably away or something. I am honestly not holding my breath that she's going to find something for me immediately. I didn't expect her at all to have someone right on the spot (Willby) the first time I told her in person what I was looking for! (a few weeks prior we had briefly discussed it over the phone)
I just think it bothers and annoys me a bit that she hasn't even attempted to get a hold of me. Not for a horse, scheduling lessons, nothing. So I think after this weekend is over I'm going to get a hold of her and see what's up.
Another thing that kind of annoyed me. I asked her what she thought of me going through a rescue/adoption and she said "don't do it" because clients end up doing that and then they have to bring the horse to her so she can train the horses. Of course, I agreed with it at the time, and it was also the day of my graduation party so I didn't really have time to go back and forth, because I was really just looking for a quick answer.
My thing with that is, I've found quite a few rescue horses that have been perfectly trained. Some have been surrendered by previous owners and are just looking for new homes. Doesn't mean that they need training just because they're at an adoption center. What are your opinions on this? Should I talk to her about the possibility? I have found a few that interest me that are well-trained, but it's frustrating when you have an instructor telling you to not go through a rescue... A horse I tried out a few years ago was through a rescue. A wonderful 10 year old OTTB gelding that did W/T/C, could jump, and responded to voice cues. I don't think he needed any training that I knew of.
For example, I found a horse that is currently at an adoption center because his own became ill and couldn't take care of him anymore. Has a very nice amount of dressage training, needs an advanced beginner rider (which I would consider myself a little more advanced than an advanced beginner), and has been used for lessons while he's been at the rescue and everyone that rides him loves him.
I 100% understand horse hunting can take up to several months. But when I have an instructor that just hasn't contacted me period in a few weeks it's just..ughh. But also because I really like this instructor and she really challenges me and pushes me more than any other instructor that I've had and she's super nice and helpful too.
Thanks for reading that (if you were able to make it through the whole thing). I'm just not really sure what to do right now. Of course I am going to contact her first about the lessons and then discuss the horse situation. What are your thoughts/opinions?