Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: A small town in NY
• Horses: 0
The problem I see with a lot of new riders looking for an instructor/stables is that they don't know what to expect and look for. Many instructors will take advantage of that, unfortunately.
There was this instructor that worked at a barn across the street from me a few years ago. I was probably twelve at the time, taking a walk with my parents in hopes that I would get to pet one of the horses. She came over and very sweetly started talking to my parents about how lessons were so cheap and the horses were perfectly safe. She was holding this half-dead mare, which was frantically trying to eat some of the grass on the side of the road. When I petted her, clouds of dust puffed up. She was a Paint, but you couldn't tell because she was so dirty.
You didn't want to walk past there or even be outside during a lesson of hers. She screamed at her students, a bunch of teenagers she had promised green horses if they did enough work, only to sell those horses to slaughter under their noses. I'm not exaggerating/joking, either.
Point being, check out a barn you're thinking about going to with a knowledgeable horse person, or at least do your homework on what you should find at a reputable stables. Ask someone at a tack or feed store if you don't know any horse people. Come to watch a lesson and meet the horses/staff before making a decision.
That's just my two cents. Be educated!
A horse is a mirror to your soul. And sometimes you may not like what you see. - Buck Brannaman