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What would you choose between an advanced show barn with a professional environment or a down to earth horsey environment? I am moving barns and need your help. I am debating between these two barn styles.

What would you choose between an advanced show barn with a professional environment or a down to earth horsey environment? I am moving barns and need your help. I am debating between these two barn styles.
I agree with Alexia.
If you show often and want to compete and do more advanced things (which you can still advance in the other type of barn, you will just be able to practice more in shows and thing a like that) I would choose a more professional barn.
If you don’t compete often or aren’t necessarily ready for that advanced type of environment, then the down to earth type barn would probably be a better fit.
Something that I would also consider is pricing for board. Chances are the more professional barn is more expensive, and you should think about the future and if you will be able to afford it in a few months, or a year.
One last thing is that (I’m not completely sure about this, but it is what I would imagine it would be like so please correct me if I’m wrong!) in a professional style barn you would probably have a stricter schedule. Ex: you can only ride at certain times, you have to put it on a schedule, etc.. In a more down to earth type barn, you would probably have a looser, come when you want, flexible schedule. Like I said, I’m not sure if this is true, but I know at my barn (down to earth horsey type barn) everyone is very flexible and you can have a schedule that will fit the rest of your activities, not a schedule based on the barn, if that makes sense.
Hope this helps answer your question!
Good luck moving barns!
Hi Annabelle,

I think it depends on your goals with your horse, and what you want for him. If you want to show a lot, maybe the show barn would be better but it has to respect your vision of what horse riding is, and how you want your horse's life to be (if it's a show barn maybe horses don't go often to the field for example). Moreover maybe the down to earth barn has a great trainer, and you could show too.

The most important is to find a place where horses are well, the cares given are great, the ambiance is good, and where you feel that you can evolve toward the equitation you want!

Hope it helps, good luck 🙂