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        02-05-2014, 01:20 AM
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    Foal
    Question To Switch or Not

    I would first like to start by saying that I wasn't sure where I should post this thread - if it should be in the horse trainers or horse boarding section (or even somewhere else). If it is in the wrong section I apologize in advance

    To make a long story short, I have wanted to event for about 7 or 8 years now and just last season FINALLY got my opportunity to do it. I am financially able, I have a horse and I am a capable rider at the beginner novice level. I love the place that I currently board at and I LOVE my trainer.

    The only problem is, is that scheduling cross country schooling or even sitting down and scheduling what events we are going to is challenging. First off, my horse and I are new to eventing and for confidence issues (and developing more skill) I would like to school cross country at least once a month, maybe twice a month if we are going to a show soon. But once a month would be sufficient. Last year I printed out the 2014 show schedule and pinned it up at the barn so everybody who wants to event can take a look at it (there were other people interested in competing as well). Unfortunately many of her students have decided that they aren't in a financial position to event (which I completely understand), and so it is just me and one other woman. I have bugged my trainer enough about schooling xc, when are we going to plan what shows we are going to go to, etc, that I feel bad about bringing it up anymore.

    I found another barn that is slightly farther away from me, but has a trainer that specializes in dressage and eventing (if you've read any of my other posts you know that I struggle with dressage so it will be a good thing for me). The board is cheaper and, I hate to say it, but the facility is actually a little bit nicer. I could also get two private lessons a week for only a little bit more than I would pay for one private lesson a week where I'm at now. They have their show season up and it looks like they are scheduled to go to about one event a month.

    What would you guys do in this situation? Would you continue to pester your trainer about when we are going to schedule what events we are going to? I realize it is early in the season, but I think it would be fun to go to several throughout the year and see how my horse and I progress. Plus my horse is 14, he isn't getting any younger and my ultimate goal is to do training level on him.

    Thanks in advance for any input
         
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        02-05-2014, 02:28 AM
      #2
    Yearling
    I would switch barns. Life's too short! The other barn sounds like a definite winner to me.
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        02-05-2014, 03:11 AM
      #3
    Weanling
    Switch, if you want to do something and no one is willing to help, go somewhere were you can get what you need.
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        02-07-2014, 06:19 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    I would definitely consider switching barns. First though, I would take a few lessons, even up to a month of lessons at the new place first to make sure you even like the style of the trainer/instructor.
         
        02-07-2014, 08:39 PM
      #5
    Foal
    Thanks for the advice, everyone!

    SaddleUp: I am definitely planning on at least watching both dressage and jumping lessons before making any major decisions!
         
        02-07-2014, 10:26 PM
      #6
    Showing
    If you decide that you are considering seriously moving, that is the time to have a conversation with the present trainer. I can't help but wonder about the cheaper lessons altho auditing a few is a good idea. No matter the chosen discipline, people wind up changing trainers as it provides them with a new perspective.
         
        02-08-2014, 02:07 AM
      #7
    Foal
    They would only be cheaper because they give you a slight discount if you take two or more lessons a week.

    The barn is a little farther than I thought it was though. Decisions, decisions!
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        02-10-2014, 12:10 AM
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    Yearling
    Possibly if your trainer knew you were considering leaving she may try harder to accommodate you. If she can't for time reasons or whatever, go where you can get what you want and she needs to respect that. It's a business decision. Your money, get what you want/need.
         
        02-10-2014, 12:15 AM
      #9
    Started
    I don't understand why you need the trainer to commit to which events you go to? As you have said that there is another owner who wants to do the same things as you, could you schedule some lessons with the trainer, and then you and other owner go to they x-c course yourselves for practise?

    You don't need your trainer to come to the events with you - unless you don't have your own transport?
         
        02-10-2014, 12:22 AM
      #10
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie    
    I don't understand why you need the trainer to commit to which events you go to? As you have said that there is another owner who wants to do the same things as you, could you schedule some lessons with the trainer, and then you and other owner go to they x-c course yourselves for practise?

    You don't need your trainer to come to the events with you - unless you don't have your own transport?

    It's a common Eventer thing to have the trainer coach the shows and coach the XC schooling. Some facilities won't allow schooling without a trainer for safety reasons. My students rarely show without me and never school XC without me. It's not because I require it, they simply don't want to go without me.
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