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post #11 of 17 Old 11-07-2012, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by BornToRun View Post
You could take a lesson at both barns every two weeks so that you would be taking one western lesson and one English lesson during the week, and then it would be like your parents are still paying for a western lesson every week. Do you have a job?
That is a good idea; I think the English barn charges per lesson as opposed to a pack, which the Western barn does.
No, I do not have a job, I am only 13.
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post #12 of 17 Old 11-07-2012, 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by LikeaTB View Post
That is a good idea; I think the English barn charges per lesson as opposed to a pack, which the Western barn does.
No, I do not have a job, I am only 13.
You could do that then, if it's alright with your parents. Well, lol, never mind then

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Originally Posted by BornToRun View Post
You could do that then, if it's alright with your parents. Well, lol, never mind then
Thanks! I really do like the barn I'm at right now but I really miss the thrill and joy of jumping. When I get my old English saddle repaired I'm going to see if I can maybe trot some poles or something.
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You have some great suggestions here for how you can do both Western and English.

If you put your love of your current barn aside, ask yourself what you really enjoy the most. Do you really want to ride English more than Western? If so, look for an English barn that you will be just as happy with. If English is what you really want to do, take the plunge and make it work. If you really want to keep working on both disciplines, then maybe look for a barn that does both.
Moving barns is a drag though, especially when you're happy and you probably have a lot of friends there. Here's what I would do (apart from what other people have suggested): Ask the instructors at your current barn if one of them could give you English lessons. They may not offer English lessons as part of their program, but that doesn't mean that there isn't someone there who is capable of teaching you English if you just ask. There are a lot of riders and instructors who are very capable in both disciplines. You may not know who until you ask. I started my kids off at a Western lessons barn because the environment was great, the horses were great, and I really liked the instructor's principles and views on horsemanship. I told her that I only ride English, so it would be great if she were able to tach them English, since that's what they'll be riding with me. She said that of course she could! She loved English. She had never had anyone ask before.
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post #15 of 17 Old 11-13-2012, 07:10 PM
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Maybe not take lessons in the one you're better in and take lessons in the one you want to improve in?
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post #16 of 17 Old 11-17-2012, 10:43 PM
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I think BOTH Freia and HowrseGirl have great comments, considering your age.

I would add, as well, that you are at a very good time in life to really consider WHERE you want to BE with your riding in say, 5 years?
Do you want to show (or keep showing if you already do) very competitively, with an eye towards upper-level riding, such as perhaps the Olympics one day?
Or, are you planning more towards becoming a casual horse owner who gets pleasure from simply being with your horse(es) and "hacking" for fun and to improve your horsemanship?
Or, do your plans lie somewhere in between on that continuum or BOTH?!

If you START looking at where your short and long-term goals lie, then it will help both you AND your parents (while they are footing the bill) place time, energy, and money into the area that will get you the farthest along toward your ultimate goal.
You are still young to decide FOR CERTAIN what your long term goals are, but I'd bet that you will be happiest (& with your time/mom & dad's money best spent), if it is all at least AIMED in the general direction of where YOU SEE YOURSELF over then next five years!

Just something to think about...it's exciting that you have so much life ahead of you and can pretty much "go for" WHATEVER YOU DREAM at this point!! Make good use of it, girl! ;0)

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post #17 of 17 Old 11-18-2012, 06:29 AM
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Also a random thought...even though you are only 13 perhaps you could find a way to pay for your lessons still. It might be hard because of your age but have you considered perhaps working for your lessons? Doing a working student program or something? If that isn't available then perhaps look into dog walking or pet sitting if you live in a neighborhood. Also just be creative...make earring, do some house-cleaning, put up some flyers..

If you are able to make some money then you could start paying for your English lessons on the side, and maybe when your parents see how serious you are they possibly would help out a bit :)

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