It is really annoying to be a responsible adult.
So, while I would love to torch that mother forklift, I'm going to let it stand. It's probably going to slowly rot away, unused, but at least it won't ruin everything else residing next to it.
Choosing different professionals to either work with the rider or the horse, generally tells that professional you're fired. I've been down that path a few times, and in my case, it wasn't that I meant to burn the bridge, but I needed something that the trainer or farrier couldn't give me. I was respectful and forthright, but no matter how you slice it, getting fired is getting fired no matter how you sugar coat it.
The dressage community is particularly small here. There's me and about 5 other ladies. There is one "big name" trainer, but she's not easy to get a lesson with as her schedule is pretty packed with her full-time horses. Early on I decided that I needed to go out of town for lessons which is why I ended up riding with Chemaine Hurtado and Dr. Christian Schacht. Like I said, not many bridges ...
I constantly wish I lived in a dressage-dense community with lots of choices in trainers, riding venues, and other dressage riders. It's not like I would be running around torching every bridge that didn't meet my expectations, but it would sure be nice to at least occasionally be able to flip the bird and ride away on my high horse.
How about you? Have you burned any bridges lately?