Update Post 21. Barn A, Barn B, Barn C. Which Would You Choose?
Edited something on Barn B.
Ok so first, a few details of what is really important to me about a barn.
A. High Quality Horse Care
B. High Quality Instruction for students 1.20m+
C. Socialization (Ride with other people most days, people at the barn to chat with most of the time. *This is the reason I am leaving my current instructor. She has more training horses than students and I ride nearly every ride alone and it's getting too hard on me*)
D. Dog Friendly (My dog comes with me to work and if I can't bring him to the barn I would have to take him home before going to the barn and that would add extra time and driving and for some of the lesson times that would make it impossible to get there) Please don't turn this into a 'dog's shouldn't be at the barn' thread. Thanks!!
3 Barns are currently on my list. I will list pros and cons of each, pricing is roughly similar for each place.
Great Facilities including Grand Prix ring, good paddocks/pasture
Treadmill (horse obviously)
Always people there to ride and chat with
Not sure what trainer has actually done but has students from 1.20-1.40 (as well as lower level riders)
Barn is located nice and close, and very close to all horse shows in the area
Pretty nice facility, nice large paddocks, good sized indoor and outdoor sand ring
Have a decent amount of other people there to ride and chat with
Trainer has been on the CET doing international 1.60m competitions and has trained riders to 1.40m
Barn is not quite as close to me as barn A but is still a nice close drive and still close to shows
Very dog friendly and all dogs there were very friendly and behaved
Barn C (only barn I haven't actually gone to see yet or really talked to, as they are busy preparing for a clinic)
Decent stalls, I believe decent indoor though haven't actually seen it in years so can't remember, 2 outdoor sand rings, and grass ring
Probably a pretty busy barn, with people always there to chat and ride with
Trainer is a judge, chairman of the Equine Canada English Coaching Committee, the Master Course Conductor for English Coaching in Alberta, ect. Her students have won and placed in a lot of Equitation finals, and shown on NOrth American Young Rider Championships.
Of course I will still have a trial lesson or 2 with the barns I am most serious about, but from these choices and the info you have about what I am looking for, which would you guys choose if you were me??
Ask any additional questions (or questions you think I should ask the trainers/bo) and I will see if I can answer them.
One thing I have been forgetting to ask is about how long turnout is. I want the longest possible (though currently my horse is on pasture 24/7 but eventually I'd like to have him back on indoor board with turnout.