Change is growth and it’s inevitable, we all go through it. Especially us equestrians in wanting to perform better, and be more skilled for our horses.
As trainers and riders, we are always figuring out the next step for what's best for our horse. We have to find a way to pivot to take us to the next level of riding. Finding the right barn is fundamental, it’s our playground and our escape from the real world. Most importantly, it’s the environment that sets you and your horse for success.
For me, I knew I needed to find a barn that would allow me to pursue my dream of creating a sales and training program; to have a safe place with quality care, friendly and supportive people that always look out for the horse. I found that at the lovely Peacock Hill Equestrian Center (Orange, CA).
Regardless if you are a professional or a rider looking for a new trainer/barn, the end goal is the same - to find a barn that makes you and your horse thrive.
Here are a couple of tips that you should factor in if you are in the process of finding a new barn -
Find a barn that offers a trainer that has a different perspective than your previous one. Every trainer has a different way of doing things; it helps to work with a new trainer with a different angle, because there may be another method that can make your communication with the horse easier.
Make sure your new barn has the social culture that fits you - are you social, and like a lot of energy? Be in a big barn with more people.. or maybe you enjoy your barn time to be a tranquil part of the day; a small/boutique style barn may be more your vibe.
If you are interested in showing, it's always a plus to be at a barn that hosts shows or is near a lot of show venues. It can really benefit to do a day field trip, and give your horse some variety and confidence build-up.
One thing, regardless of what culture, style your next barn has... I think it's really important that the management and people of the barn create a community of looking out for another. Sometimes the real world takes us out, or we leave the barn when everything is good, and our horse decides to do some crazy stunt, colic, you name it - it's so comforting knowing that the people at my barn will call me, and even handle/care for my horse when I'm out of the property. Check out more Trainers and Barns on Equivont.
Originally written by Raquel Santos