I’m doing the same! At my current barn I am a working student and it’s more of a small family barn where we rehabilitate horses that have been abused in the past and i am starting to ride at a new barn to improve my riding it’s not wrong at all !
Oh ok, I see, then keep up the good work in the two barns to learn different things from each trainer. And don't feel bad, you don't owe them anything, just focus on what you love :-)
Thank you all for responding! The reason why I’m fearful of leaving my current trainer is due to the fact that I progress extremely fast with her and I’m scared of plateauing with the new trainer. I feel that I get pushed aside due to the fact that I don’t own my own horse and everyone that rides with my current trainer does and when new kids come, I’m out of a horse. The other barn is primarily a western barn that just started getting into jumping ( they tried before but didn’t have enough riders for it) and because of this I feel like I’ll reach a point where i’ll no longer learn anything new....
There’s nothing wrong with that! It gives you experience with more horses and from what it seems like it’s two different barn types which is great to be exposed to both!
I think that there is absolutely no problem in riding at two barns. When I was younger I did it too : I used to go to one barn once a week for a class with the horses of the barn, and the rest of the week I went to another barn where my own horse was.
But what I don't understand, is that if you enjoy so much your new barn, if they give more responsabilities there, and if you have ups and downs with your other trainer, why don't you completely change of barn? I don't know you or your situation, but you seem way more excited about this new barn than about your first one. Maybe you could keep riding at the two barns for a while in order to make sure to actually like your new barn and make sure that you keep getting better there, and then you could let go of the first barn and only ride at the second one?
No,it is the barn that you think is better for your learning wise so you are learning on a jump horse and you can get more experienced on that horse then you can on just one horse.what I am trying to say is go with your gut!
To give you some context, I have had ups and downs with my current trainer, but I always go back. And with this new barn, the thing is that it is cheaper and 15 mins away from home and a lot more laid back. This new trainer is even letting me help teach her horse how to jump which I really enjoy because my main trainer wouldn’t let me do something like this.