Sorry if this will be long
Even if one person helps and gives an opinion, it would be much appreciated! Based on these descriptions, what stable would you think I should stay at?
1. Beautiful stable with sport horses. The horses I'd ride are young and hot tempered. I like the challenge, as I'm used to riding calm horsies mainly. If I'd stay there, I'd get more experience working with young horses. But this also terrifies me a bit, knowing how they can throw you around.. I'd also learn clicker-training and lots of horsemanship skills. The people there are professionals, I'd have much to learn from them and they seem to be friendly & helpful too. There is a trainer there 24/7 so I can always ask for help. I can also spend the night at the stable sometimes (that means I can be away from the city for longer periods, that's amazing!). The bus goes there often too. And it has an outside sand-ring/arena (dunno how you call it, sorry :), that's a plus. Other than the horses being young and hot, I can see they are social and handled well. Only downside is that the time that I went there, I didn't see anyone who I could become good friends with (read: the girls seemed stuck-up)..But I haven't seen everyone there yet. Also, I would be taking part in competitions a lot (I think I like this, though I'm not sure as I've only done a couple before).
2. Private home-stable. I have been there on-and-off for 3 years. The horses are draft-sport crosses, so they're a pretty calm bunch. I can ride a 6y.o cross who is in need of someone who rides him (otherwise he will be sold). This means he just sits in the pasture as the owner doesn't have time for him. I have ridden him before and he's a sweetie, just a lovely gelding. He isn't the best conformation-wise, nor a high-level horse but then again - I'm not a very high level rider. I think his owner might be playing on my guilt a little, as I really love him and don't want him to be sold, so she thinks I'll stay and ride him (this plan might work actually..). I could also help school and ride a young 3y.o cross (possible dressage prospect in the future). Also, my most dear mare Starry is at this stable. She is my soulmate when it comes to horses. It's just that she's pregnant right now and there's not much I can do with her. But if I stayed there, I'd still be able to be around her, etc.
Downside: the bus doesn't go there often (I don't have a car). I get along well with most of the people there, one of my good friends goes there too. Only I have some misunderstandings with the owner lately. She acts like I'm not there/doesn't include me in the work/acts cold towards me. And I'm really emotional, so I see this really hurts me. We used to get along really well before though. So I feel like I've already lost the stable somehow..
I know if I'd choose the second stable, I'd be thinking I chickened out on the first stable because of the hot horses (and because I am familiar with the people in stable 2 & I already feel comfortable there). And maybe I would lose a good chance?..Because I want to improve. I want to get better and learn as much as possible. I don't want to just rust away until Starry foals so I can start working with her again.. I want to improve myself and I do feel like the first stable would be a good place for that. I'm just scared.
Then again, I know if I would choose the first stable, I'd be beating myself up about letting the second stable go... and of course the sweet gelding would be sold. And I would feel reallllly sad leaving everyone behind