We’re not breaking up, so much as “taking a break”.
See the thing is, I want to see other horses. No, I’m not talking about a break up with my boyfriend, I am talking about breaking up with my current dressage barn.
I love Featherbrook, the people are kind, friendly, and down-to-earth. The instructors are all of those AND incredibly skilled. Which is why it made this decision so difficult. The fact is, an opportunity presented itself to me that I simply could not refuse. I am officially leasing Kate. That should be bold and larger text, eh? to reflect the excitement I am containing until I can write a proper post on her! I could not be happier with the arrangement I have made with her owner and her trainer. I promise you more on that later, but back to the task at hand… I am having trouble making the decision to quit lessons at Featherbrook for the next 6 months. I have gotten to know people in my lesson group, the barn kids, the horses and it is hard for me thinking I might damage these relationships by leaving. There are also things I was looking forward to doing at Featherbrook this summer that will not be possible at this other barn. We have a pretty large group of adult riders now at Featherbrook and so the idea was that we could do some fun days at the barn just for adults and we could even do some camping trips with the horses. I was so looking forward to it, especially the camping trips. I originally thought I might still do both- lease Kate and take lessons at FBF- but I don’t have the time or money. I have weighed the pros and cons of my decision and I do understand the things I will lose while I am leasing but the things I will gain will be so good for me. With a heavy heart, I am trying to figure out the best way to take a leave of absence but still be welcomed back in 6 months or so. On the off-chance any of my lesson mates or instructors at FBF should happen to stumble upon my blog, hopefully they will see how difficult it was to part with them- if only for a little while.
Have you ever broken up with your barn? How did you do it?