*apologies in advance for the novel*
I've been taking lessons on and off since I was six years old, but never quite settled at one barn or into one discipline. About a year and a half ago I found a barn I loved and started working on dressage. A month ago I bought the mare I had been leasing since April 2012.
Now that barn is up for sale (I came along right as the managers were splitting) and I recently moved to a new barn. I've never showed (I don't do well under pressure) but decided I really want to start working towards it and kick my fear of showing right in the behind. This new barn is fairly competitive, and I feel really out of place as a new horse owner.
Even though I've been around horses for a long time, I never created a solid base of experience around them (if that makes sense.) And horse ownership is a whole new world to me. I make myself nervous now whenever other people are around because I am worried I'll look or sound ignorant, and then I am just a wreck.
The community is nice but again, I feel very inexperienced and looked down upon for it.
Any advice on how to settle in? Any suggestions or tips are welcome too . Thanks!