So, I've been riding for ten years. I stopped taking lessons for three, and now I'm getting them again. Today was my first day. I had a bit of a problem, though.
When I got on the horse, my new instructor told me that they only taught in a "saddle seat." I was never told there was a difference (I felt really stupid), and I've been riding for ten years.
In this "saddle seat" position, I was told to "keep my hands high." My hands were practically a level with my breasts. It felt very unnatural and I felt as though I had little to no control over the horse. I was also told to keep my legs away from the horse's sides.
I went ten years being told to keep my hands down and my legs close. I feel like I may as well start Western riding, since there seems to be SO many new things. It's like a whole new way of riding.
My mom signed me up for four lessons, just to test out the place. I know I need to give it a try, but if I decide to stay, I'm afraid I'll have to give up and relearn how to ride "saddle seat."
Any help would be appreciated.