Yet another Throwback Thursday makes me realize how many fantastic experiences I have been blessed with over the years. I mean, when blessed with so many people that have shaped me as a rider is something I can feel proud of today. For example, the barn I am at now has influenced me in ways I never thought were possible. I have improved and progressed in ways I never thought I could. But most of all it changed my view on finding the RIGHT barn. The barn that will support you every step of the way. It changed my view to ask myself: What even is the RIGHT barn? That leads me to the story I am about to tell you all today. The story of when I found my RIGHT barn.
It all started when I was around 13 years old and I was looking for a barn that I could really settle in at and that it would be a great fit for me. I had visited 4 barns before finding the right one. I always wondered if I would ever find the right one or if I would constantly be barn hopping (haha). But eventually one day, my friend (shout out to her if she is reading this) told me about the barn she was currently taking lessons at. She was telling me about how her trainer was so great and was helping her progress in her riding. So I started asking her some more questions and long story short I ended up taking my first lesson out at this barn. I was amazed at how much I learned in one lesson with this trainer. It was a beautiful barn and I knew right then and there that this is where I wanted to be. It was definitely a relief, let me tell you! I have been with this barn for two years now and I am learning so much, my body is trying to catch up with my mind. Every day I learn a new skill not only from my trainer but also from his amazing horses! It is incredible to see how much horses can teach you while riding them! Thank you to Gary and Marion Millar for all you do!
So basically this whole story comes back to the question: What even is the RIGHT barn? When I was thinking about what to write for this post, I looked up the definition of right. This definition really got me thinking. The definition is: morally good, justified, or acceptable. It got me thinking about how we all are influenced by different things in this world and then we decide whether it is morally good, justified, or acceptable based on our own personal values. To us, we should know what is morally good and what we value. For myself, I value community and people, so at my “RIGHT” barn, a horse community was definitely on the top of my list. So, when I found the barn I am at currently, I was SUPER happy because the barn has such a fantastic horse community which I really love! I also value a safe area/place for my horses to stay where I know they are well cared for. At my barn, I know there are many that are looking out for my horse and support me in my riding. So as you can see, these two main things are very important to me. Also, thank you to all the other people who have encouraged and helped me in my riding! (you know who you are) 🙂
So the moral of this whole story is… what do you value in your RIGHT barn? What is important to you? What influences your decision on choosing the right barn? There are so many questions, but once you answer them it brings you one step closer to your barn. Don’t give up even if you haven’t found your RIGHT barn yet. You will eventually, trust me!
I hope that you enjoyed this post and that maybe it encouraged you to not give up when looking for your RIGHT barn. Until next time… don’t forget to hug your horse!
What do you value in your RIGHT barn?