Indoor Riding

So last night I had a good lesson at little barn. But with daylight fading fast and temps dropping steadily, my 6:30pm lesson was pushed indoors. Normally I would be fine with this change of scenery because often times at little barn I have lessons in an open field and even though I know it is good for my riding development, I miss arena walls when I am in the field. The problem with little barn is that it is, well, little. Too little. My instructor and I were the only people in the arena for most of the lesson and it was still pretty cramped. The worse issue though, was the dust.

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“Hey, looking great up there, EquiNovice!… I think…”

Now I’m not too much of a pansy to stand a bit of dust in an indoor arena but when it gets bad enough that I feel awful for three days after a lesson, something’s gotta change.

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“Oh yeah…cough cough… I had a great lesson! cough”

I am struggling with the thought that I may have to tell my instructor at little barn that through the winter I will have to scale back to 2 lessons a month or if that wont work, I’ll have to stop riding there for the season. I feel bad because it isn’t her, it’s the lack of facilities. I don’t need a heated arena (but seriously they are awesome); I don’t need super fancy footing; I don’t need an extra-long, extra fancy arena with slanted kick boards and wall to wall mirrors…

But I do need to breathe.

And honestly, I don’t think that is asking too much. If I could be assured that the arena would be watered which would reduce the dust, I would stay on through the winter but at this point I think I am going to have to break the news to my instructor that I cannot ride at little barn during the winter.

Has this ever happened to you??

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