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        06-06-2010, 11:18 PM
    I have to ask.. do you have a good quality saddle that for sure fits your horse? English saddles are a LOT more finicky to fit than western saddles.
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        06-06-2010, 11:19 PM
    A lot of that might be why posting seems really weird. ^^ Try to get her to trot a little faster and see if it's a little easier to post.

    Lessons would be good, but don't sweat it for the basics.
        06-06-2010, 11:35 PM
    Originally Posted by xdrybonesxvalleyx    
    Lessons would be good, but don't sweat it for the basics.
    I WOULD sweat it for the basics - if you have the basics down you can become an effective rider, and in an english saddle it's harder to get the basics IMO. From your OP I get the impression you're not looking to FEI dressage. If you get the basics down, and a solid position, you can move on from there. To be an effective english rider you really need to have the proper seat and mentality. You can learn lots from books, but having someone to help you real-time on the ground would be perfect.
    If you can afford it, I'd put the money into some lessons now - you'll learn to move quickly since obviously you've been riding for a while. You'll also learn a good position which will keep you secure for jumping to avoid those spills!
    IMO, 95% of the people who say "don't take lessons I didn't and I'm great blah blah blah" really aren't that great, they've just had no one there to say "no, you're wrong". Just my opinion. Lesson with a good trainer are never a bad investment.
        06-07-2010, 02:19 AM
    JustDressageIt- I really, really respect you...I seriously do and I think you are a wonderful rider and horsemen, but I must say I disagree with you right now. I don't think everything is by the book. I know a girl who taught herself to rude on a unbroke, three year old filly and now she's the best rider I've ever seen and she taught herself completely. She never even had an instructor to tell her "Heels Down!"

    Although if you want to learn fast an instructor is brilliant (I have one myself) but I find her just a toning tool. I get comfortable, find my seat, and she nudges me slightly. So far I'v gotten most things right...except for the little things that don't make as much of a differance.

    Excuse my typos. I'm on an iPod keyboard.
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        06-07-2010, 12:28 PM
    Green Broke
    By no means am I great! Lol. I guess you could say I have had lessons.....I worked for a trainer, riding his 3 year olds that he had put a few rides on. If he saw me doing something wrong he would correct me. But that's about it. That was last year and I have been riding since....... I can't even remember.
        06-07-2010, 03:46 PM
    IMO, 95% of the people who say "don't take lessons I didn't and I'm great blah blah blah" really aren't that great, they've just had no one there to say "no, you're wrong". Just my opinion. Lesson with a good trainer are never a bad investment.
    Lessons are great, and I take lessons. Haven't you done western plenty before? Just if you're jumping and cantering, I have the impression you're already quite solid in basics.

    That slightly does concern me, though. I don't want to judge your experience, but I could canter and such fine in western, but when I switched to English I could barely trot at first. I'd get real solid at each step before moving on. If you're good in western, you should know what to do. There's a lot of parallel--lot of difference too. I'm not saying you NEED to take lessons, or you don't need.
        06-07-2010, 03:47 PM
    Oh and if you haven't ridden in forever I'd certainly get lessons.
        06-07-2010, 11:08 PM
    Green Broke
    I ride everyday. Lol. Well just about. And I have done so since I was little. There have been periods when I wouldn't ride for a few moths because I didn't have a horse, but I was allways at friends houses who had horses so I could ride them. I can ride and jump bareback and I have actually found it easier than riding in an english saddle lol.
        06-08-2010, 02:58 AM
    I would consider going ahead and taking lessons! I love both English and Western riding but I have to say English felt alot different at first... Posting was a tricky thing for me when I first switched splurging on a few lessons would definitely be worth it!
        06-08-2010, 10:44 AM
    Besides the riding aspect, there's also al ot that goes along with tack. I think any child can 'figure out' western if there's enough time and practice, but I really think that there's a lot of things that I wouldn't know or be aware of if it weren't for my trainer.

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