Should moving barns be on my mind?
So recently a lot has happened at the barn I've been at for five years now. I used to think the place was heaven, I mean I came in to ride whenever I wanted(usually 5 days a week), could ride as many horses as I wanted, and the owner really cared and loved those horses. However, the barn is small and old, and the horses get turned out for only four hours a day.
But a year ago after my trainer left(personal reasons) stuff started going down hill. The owner got sick and is in need of money now and I've been working with this horse for 2 years and was going to show her this year finally, and all the sudden my trainer tells me I have to share her at the show because another girl, who used to never ride her, wants to show her too. Yes, I only lease the horse, but I'm the one who rode her everyday for two years and made her the horse she is today. Also shows cost a lot of money and I dont have that money, so I wouldnt go to a show to ride a horse that is already exhausted, thats not right for the horse! So now I don't ride that horse at all, and just ride whichever horse needs to be excersized that day. Also, I used to work at the barn on the weekends to pay off my lessons and the owner told me she didn't need me anymore and hired someone else. During the lessons we don't do anything new, we don't jump higher than 3' which i have been jumping for more than a year and am capable of going much higher. I just feel like they don't care about me anymore, and after everything I've done at that barn, all the horses I've ridden for them to train, I just feel like I should be treated better, and they should care about helping me move up, instead of just having me ride the horse that wasn't ridden that day, which could range from a lesson pony to a green horse.
I was talking to this girl I knew and she said where she rides its great and I could work off my lessons and everything, but the only thing is you cant jump when your not in a lesson, which I think is the stupidest thing ever. I know its for safety, but how am I supposed to do better if I can only jump once a week?
Sorry for the rant, but i just want to know if I'm over reacting and what i could do to solve it. I would hate to change barns because I'm so attached to the horses at my current one, but what if it would be for the better?
People say to hold on tight to what you love-
especially when it's trying to buck you off