Leaving my trainer- how do I tell her?
For a few months now, I've been dealing with the fact that I'm going to have to leave my trainer. I love her, but her barn is almost an hour away, the facility is too small, she strictly does local shows, and I'm just not progressing there.
However, I have absolutely no idea how to tell her that I'm leaving. I've been with her for four years and we're super close- I spend almost every school break with her, helping her train. Her son calls me "Aunt Bailey" and I'm practically part of the family. In addition to that, she's currently going well out of her way to help me get a horse that my parents are pretty against. She's not taking a commission, she's negotiating with the owner as much as possible, and she's talking my parents into it. My parents and I are in agreement that we don't want her to put so much into this without her knowing that I won't be staying with her after I buy the horse. So my question is, how can I tell her that I'm leaving without causing bad blood?