Sick of Switching Barns and Horses
The title says it all, haha. Ever since I left my first eventing barn last summer, I just can't find a horse or trainer that works 110% for me. -rant-
I went out to the "country" for a few months, but my best friend/trainer (from previous barn) had difficulties with her personal life and couldn't come anymore. Lennon was a great pony, but I really did need something bigger, and a bit calmer if I wanted to get better. He had such try in him, he loved to work. He was half an hour away, so it became a drag only being able to go twice a week.
I began lessons with my work barn, and there was a noticeable difference in how I rode, really using my seat more, but I didn't like the horses, the trainer was very direct -to be nice- and they taught hunters. I needed dressage.
I found an (supposedly) amazing 15 year old fourth level dressage horse. He's actually 18, and though he did do "quite a bit of dressage long ago" because he was used in draw reins he breaks at the vertebrae. It's not fixable because he was ridden wrong for so long. I love Chevas, I really do. He does have those higher movements in him, but he can't move up too far because he's older and trained wrong. I really wouldn't mind staying with him through the summer just to show intro, but the trainer and I don't click. She literally hasn't taught me a thing in 3 months, and I feel like I'm wasting $300 a month for nothing.
I love the horses I worked with; Lennon was a big confidence builder and Chevas is just such a goofball, but I miss my heart horse, Suzie. I really miss my mare-bear. And I want to stay with a horse for 1-2 years so that maybe I'll feel like I did with Suzie, but I just don't think I can stay with Chevas for much longer, but I don't want to leave him because no one will ride or love on him.
There's one barn (Brittany Whyatt eventing if anyone has heard of it) that I email (too scared to call) that sounds like it's what I need, I'm just tired of this. I wish last summer could have stayed :-(
Sorry that you are having these issues. Horses can get under your skin & we become so attached we don't want to move on. I hope you can figure out something that makes you happy.
Welcome to the horse world where nothing ever goes 100-110% right even 45% of the the time.
Nothing in the horse world will ever fall lightly into your lap. Nothing will ever be perfect right out of the gate. Everything will have flaws.
Suck it up and call the good barn. If you are too scared to call, then you will be too scared to go, and you will be too scared to actually succeed. You cannot let fear rule you. Write out your questions before you call and write down the answers. The worst thing they can tell you is no.
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