But I can definitely empathize. I started riding again about 3 months ago after a very
long time. I had a horse as a teenager and I feel like I am just as hooked now as I was then, but I am over the dangers of being boy-crazy ha! I am able to take about 2-3 lessons a week but I am still trying out different barns/teachers so there is not a lot of consistency. A big part of how I "evaluate" them is whether or not there is a possibility to lease or board and continue to take lessons. I live in DC and am pretty limited by traffic constraints. I've found a couple of horses/barns that would be a great fit, but they were at least an hour and a half away in traffic.
I really like one of the barns where I've taken lessons, but I get the same feeling...it might be six months before they will help me find a horse to lease. I can understand their position; I imagine they would feel responsible if something went wrong, etc., but it is still frustrating. I was hoping in 6 months I would have been leasing long enough to help me determine if I am committed enough to buy. So much of what I want to work on (improving my seat, leg position, etc.), I'd like to practice at the walk so that I am not also worrying about staying on
. Also not during my $60-$70 lesson. And I love just grooming and walking the horse which is limited to my lesson times.