The time has come for me to truly move on

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        10-22-2012, 08:34 PM
    The time has come for me to truly move on

    A few of you read my other posts where I was complaining about my current barn.
    There was a lame overweight draft mix that I was worried about, and that a lot of you said needed to loose weight ASAP. Well I took matters into my own hands and stuck a sign on her stall saying to not feed her grain. The weekday doodoo's that clean and feed finally got the message. She lost weight and is now on the healthy but chubby side. I could not get the vet to be called though.

    In another post I was saying I was unhappy because I wasn't progressing in my lessons and the place was poorly maintained. I took long breaks between my lessons, not only because I was busy, but because I really needed time to think things over, as well as research new places again.
    Well this week, something serious actually happened due to the owner's lack of concern in the place. Nobody was hurt, but there was a good chance that something could have happened. So along with the knowledge I acquired a few weeks ago about my barn friend leaving as well (she's very close to my trainer on top of that), I took it as a sign to really start moving on.

    The other place I found has good reviews, is the next closest barn and is much cheaper. From what I hear, it's very well maintained and the school horses are good. I hope this barn will be the one I've been looking for.
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        10-22-2012, 08:38 PM
    Green Broke
    I hope this new chapter is a good one for you and your riding - you might want to see if Admin can merge your three threads
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        10-22-2012, 08:43 PM
    Green Broke
    Sounds great! Keep us posted and good luck.
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        10-22-2012, 08:44 PM
    Wishing you the best there. Once you make a decision, it is so much easier to move forward, and feels so much "lighter". Good luck!
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        10-22-2012, 09:21 PM
    Personally, I think this move will be good for you. Right now it sounds like you are in a stressful environment. With the move you should feel all the weight lifted off your shoulders. You'll be able to focus more on your horse, your riding and your everyday life without having to worry about if the horses are getting the proper care at the barn.
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        10-24-2012, 10:32 PM
    I'm super excited for this lesson, you guys have no idea! I'm waiting impatiently for Saturday to come around. :P
        10-25-2012, 01:41 PM
        10-27-2012, 04:28 PM
    Part 1:

    Well I had a lesson at the new place today, and I'm happy to say that I think I found what I was looking for. :) They are a family owned barn and they all work together to upkeep and improve the place.

    When I first got there, there was a lesson going on and I really liked the dynamics and the way the horses looked. I briefly spoke with my "trainer to-be" and then her mom showed me around and made me sign a liability contract (I think that's what it's called). It pretty much stated that I accepted the barn's terms and rules, understood the dangers of the sport and so could not hold them responsible or sue them if I hurt myself. I was a little surprised as I have never experienced this before, but I was happy about it as it showed me they were smart people and took precautions... Unlike the barn I'm leaving, which is pretty much whatever and however and we'll see, with nothing signed or in writing.

    Their indoor arena is small but a decent size (they are going to build a new and bigger indoor in a year or two), the boxes are I think 10x10/9X10 and as I am used to seeing 12X12, they looked small at first but the horses seemed happy and comfortable so that's all that matters. They built an extension for the barn a couple of years ago, and are now working on building again another extension so they can have more stalls. They have a lot of outdoor rings for riding and I love how they are just continually working on the place and improving it as they can with time. One of the things I don't like about my current barn is that the owner doesn't invest in it, so it's pretty much was falling down from a lack of general upkeep.

    Stay updated for part 2!
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        10-27-2012, 05:22 PM
    Part 2:

    So for my lesson, my new trainer put me on an old school master with lot's of go. I'm really glad that's what she did as he isn't hard to ride, but then not so easy that you fall into automatic/passenger mode. He'd test me by slowing down, drifting to the side, but that was easily fixed with some leg and will power.
    He was sweet overall, never did anything to make me nervous or feel that I might potentially find myself on the ground, and pretty much permitted me to concentrated on my position. He had a nice bouncy trot, was responsive to the leg, and (to my GREATEST JOY) kept a nice steady head that wasn't high up in the clouds, and so I was able to maintain a nice contact with him during my whole ride. It felt sooo good... gosh I love contact.

    So for the first 5-10 min she just made me trot around and I was sort of wondering when she was going to say something aside from: change direction, walk, trot... you know, teach me something. I got worried for a moment there because while the trot was comfortable, I felt unbalanced and awkward. I felt as if the saddle through me into a chair position, and things are never great in such a state. Eventually she stopped me and pointed out to me what she saw. (Thank goodness I told myself, this was just to give her an idea of my riding, we haven't started yet silly me! )

    She showed me what was wrong with my position and how to place my legs and hips so that I kept it. (The angels from heaven started singing then and there... FINALLY, someone who tells me how to keep my leg back and doesn't just keep repeating: put it back)! Yes I know I have to bring it back, I can feel I'm off balance and that I'm in a bad position, but I can't keep it there! Then when I ask why am I struggling to do so? How do I fix it? I don't get an answer. Anyhow, sorry for the small rant.

    So after she told me how to fix my position and I started trotting again, I finally felt in sync and balanced with the horse. It truly felt great and it was one of the best rides I've had in a long time. I can tell she understands what type of rider I am, and I believe she will be able to get my confidence back when it comes to jumping. We also did some cantering and when I walked, she took the time to ask me what I knew and teach me other things.

    So, to conclude... I am happy. I found a down to earth, knowledgeable, open minded and decent trainer with a good selection of school horses to show me the ropes, and it's but 30 minutes and 25km from my house. Thank the Lord... I thought I was never going to find such a place.
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        10-27-2012, 05:44 PM
    Well, that is just plain awesome! Can you explain how she told you to KEEP your leg back?

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