Former low-level eventer turned adult re-rider. What would you do?
First time poster, long time lurker looking for a bit of advice...
I am trying to be an adult re-rider. I've been out of the saddle for about 20 years. I rode for about 15 years and was competing in low level evening and third level dressage when I dropped out. Life just got in the way...
I have ridden as often as I can, but not consistently since I stopped taking lessons. I have some friends with horses that I try to ride as often as possble, but it's infrequent at best.
I am now trying to get back in the saddle, but feeling discouraged.
For now, I would like to get back into weekly lessons with the hope of riding twice per week fairly soon after. Right now, my focus is just getting back in riding shape. I feel like my seat is pretty solid still and my basics, while rusty, are still pretty good. I'm out of shape and out of practice. I'd like to really work on my ground work to determine just how far I want to get back into things. I do not have my own horse. As much as I'd just like to go out and buy one, I feel as though I need to be honest with myself as to where I'm at and where I want to be as a rider after taking some lessons. I anticipate I will eventually buy, but my stretch goal would be to compete lightly at low levels at best.
Ideally, I'd like to train at an eventing barn since that has traditionally been my area of comfort. There are not many eventing trainers here and those that are, do not have lesson horses. There was one trainer who offered very kindly to try to find a horse I could lesson on, but after a few attempts at following up and not hearing back, I think I am out of luck there.
There is another barn close by that has a dressage trainer on staff and they seem to have a couple of lesson horses, but no jumping trainer. I might be able to eventually find another trainer to help with the jumping piece, but I would certainly prefer a one-stop shop.
What would you do in my position? Do many of you train with separate h/j and dressage trainers? How do you find that experience?
For those of you who were re-riders without a horse, how did you get back into eventing? How long before you were back in the saddle did you feel like you were ready to buy?
I'm feeling a little stuck, likely because I'm over thinking things. Any insight y'all have would be most appreciated.