I've been taking riding lessons for a little over a year now and it has been with an instructor that I mesh very well with on a friend and student/teacher relationship level. I have learned tons under this instructor and I know I will continue to do so for years.
Recently, my husband and I made a temporary move out of state for his schooling (military). We will be moving back to where we came from when he has finished. My job allowed me to transfer to a new location with no issues, but as it was where we moved from, it is a part time job where I work full time hours and said hours never follow the same schedule from one week to the next. My previous riding instructor had no issues with my wacky schedule, and she would fit me somewhere in her busy lesson schedule without a hitch and sometimes often at last minute (she has a lot of students in school, so finding time before the youngsters got out of school wasn't to hard).
I wanted to be around horses while we were away from home so I found ways. I found a wonderful lady who will allow me to ride her horses and go trail riding with her no problem. Her neighbor has a small sand arena that I can use freely. So I can work on my riding at my pace.
I wanted to continue taking riding lessons, so I found an instructor near by. This instructor is of a completely different discipline (I was focusing on dressage and jumping, with some western pleasure peppered through for a change of pace and this new discipline is reining), but that is okay, I am of the mind that I want to learn everything and anything, so I will take on a different discipline. However, we have issues, mostly, I think, of my own making. We have communication issues I guess, as today is the third lesson (of four) we have missed. I showed up, and the instructor wasn't there. My phone is dead, so I cannot contact them yet to figure out why we missed today. The last one, they thought it was on a different day than I am pretty sure I specified otherwise (I said Saturday, they thought Friday). We have scheduling difficulties as well, they would like the same day same time every week, but I am not capable of making a lesson the same time same day every week. My work schedule will not allow it, and my assistant manager who makes my schedule cannot make it work because of multiple reasons (multiple reasons being the rest of my coworkers). This instructor has also told me that in a few lessons of working with me (on my hands and technique and stuff, because it is reining) they may move me on to instructor b to teach me because I may be to advanced for instructor a. But the issue with moving me on to another instructor is that instructor b is supposedly retired teacher or something and is very reluctant to get into teaching again because of insurance stuff.
SO, should I continue to try to take lessons that may not benefit me if I can't make it to them? Should I continue to try and hope that maybe this instructor and I can get passed scheduling issues? I had originally made it pretty clear that I want to take lessons. I am committed, but but but... oh another thing, I can barely barely afford these lessons. $70.00 for a lesson (holy cajones!) is super expensive. Should I just drop the hassle? I mean, I do have someone to ride with, for free, and I can work with her horses any time I want without scheduling issues. And I have considered calling my instructor back home for exercises to do with this lady's horses (she has a greenie, completely unbroken greenie that I can work with, as well as experienced trail and show horses I can ride, both gaited and nongaited).
When I move back home, I am totally taking lessons back up, so would it kill me to not take lessons for 6 months?
My indecision is that I keep leaning towards breaking off taking lessons, but I feel like I made a commitment too. I'm not under a contract or anything.
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