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post #11 of 15 Old 10-17-2010, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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My board is quite expensive compared to other barns around here [although the quality of this barn despite the instructor makes the price worth it], so you guys are right my lessons probably aren't free.

There is a group of girls who ride together in a lesson before me, and they've decided next week if she is just as nasty to them that they're just gonna park their horses and dismount. I don't know if I would do that myself, as they don't board horses their [ride schoolies, one of them leases] and I wouldn't want to jeopardize my boarding contract by doing something like that.
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post #12 of 15 Old 10-17-2010, 10:11 AM
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I am with you, not sure that is the best way to handle it. If they do that, they are sort of hurting themselves, as they end up with a totally wasted lesson time/ride time. (altho, with this witch it is a waste anyway, I guess).

All getting together and having a meeting with the BO would be the best, I would think.

Your barn may have nicer "bricks and mortar" so to speak, but with this lady there it may not be worth it. Perhaps some of you could move together if the BO sides with the relative. If it is not fun, it makes no difference how "pretty" it is. Sort of like buying a horse for the looks, IMO.

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post #13 of 15 Old 10-17-2010, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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Well it's not only pretty, but it has 4 different riding rings, so you're never crowded, one is indoor so you can ride no matter what the weather is, lots of space, tons of paddocks and pastures, miles of trails, two big tack rooms, a lounge, 3 separate barns for horses.

I can't think of better, it's great I just dread my stinkin' weekly lesson.

Thanks for the advice all, I'm gonna try to make my mom come along [she usually says she can't because of house work] and see how that goes. If that doesn't work I'll talk to everyone who is in the same boat as me about talking to the BO, and if still nothing, I'm gonna squeeze into a Friday space with the other woman, even if it's inconvenient to my own time.
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post #14 of 15 Old 10-18-2010, 04:07 AM
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You're always training

Just like riding your horse, you, yourself are always in training. Every ride is a training ride, and if what you get out of this instructor is fear, anxiety frustration and a loss of self confidence, then that is what is literally being trained INTO you and your horse each time.
Sound like a worse than zero situation.
She is probably nicer to your mom because they are closer in age, no?

I would talk to the BO or cut the lessons out entirely.
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post #15 of 15 Old 10-18-2010, 08:21 AM Thread Starter
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My mom is older than her, this woman is fairly young. I'm gonna try and switch my lesson day to Friday A.S.A.P and avoid her until then.
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