I've been reading this forum religiously for a couple of months now, but never had the urge to join in on the fun until now!
A little background on my riding experience is necessary before I divulge my questions:
I'm 17 (legal in two weeks, oh yeah!) and have been riding for just about 10 years now. For the first couple of years, I rode Western before switching to an English barn. Unfortunately, I didn't learn much in the actual saddle, but did learn the ins and outs everything horse-related on the ground! After that particular barn moved, I relocated to another barn where I soared in the saddle, learning so much in the time I was there. By the time I got to my junior year, limited carpooling, tight money, SAT prep, and AP classes got the best of me and halted my endless afternoons at the barn. This summer, I had corrective surgery, and after chomping at the bit for a year now, (pun intended!
) I'm finally allowed back in the saddle! For those of you who have been ripped away from our lovely counterparts, you can understand the giddy excitement that's been bubbling away! The only thing that's kept me sane is continually reading this forum!
Anywoo, in my search for a new home away from home, I've found I'm hitting quite a few speed bumps. First off, how do you come across a barn? I've raked through Yellow Pages and seem to be having a difficult time coming up with any noteworthy barns for what I am looking for (dressage, hunter/jumper).
When calling a barn, what are some of the questions I should ask right off the bat? Is it rude to stop by a barn if you happen to drive by one and become interested? Would it be better mannered to take down the name of the barn and look up the phone number afterwords?
I want to make a good first impression since a barn is something like a safe haven and I'll be spending so much time there!
Thanks so much for all your help, I can't wait to get to know you guys!