I’m sitting on the fence about a couple of things right now. If anyone would like to step in and make my life decisions for me...feel free. :)
Pros of Leaving: - Sleeping in on weekends
–More time for my own herd
Cons of Leaving: - The riders there are kind of my barn family (they threw me a bridal shower)
-I really like being a stablehand
–Less extra moolah
I have been debating on this ever since the wedding. I’m pretty much ready to leave but after work there on and off for about 4 years...it’s tough.
2) Should I move Apollo for the winter to the eventing barn I’ve been eyeing?
Pros of Moving: -I can actually get some riding instruction
–Meet new friends/people to ride with
– Board is actually cheaper than my current barn (but I will be taking lessons so it will technically be more expensive)
Cons of Moving: - I love my barn
–All of my horses won’t be in the same place anymore (temporarily at least)
–The new barn is farther away (about 10 mins, but still)
I’ve been burned so many times by boarding situations and I’m finally happy at my current spot. But I’d really like to improve myself as a rider and maybe meet some new horsey friends. I’m leaning towards yes right now. I’m going to take some lessons at my potential new barn on a lesson horse. A good compromise might be if the instructor is willing to come over to my barn for lessons. Once I have a trailer I can haul over to the other barn but that isn’t in the cards right now.
3) Should I start my distance education in the fall?
Pros of starting in the fall: - I can leave my miserable job sooner
–Fall is a nice start time
Cons of starting in the fall: -It’s expensive, and although I plan to do this eventually anyway...I could certainly save up more money first (less horse time/money)
I still have to do my job shadow to ensure that I’m choosing a career that I will like so this is kind of a moot point.
I hope to have answers to all the above-questions by the end of August.
Here is a random pic of my rabbit, Lucky, to break up the wall of text.
I’ve been brainstorming my August goals and am keeping it kind of simple:
2) Interdressage with herd
3) 20 rides on Apollo
4) Make final decisions and a plan on the above-mentioned questions!
5) Take nice photos of the herd before they get their winter woollies on