I bet all of you thought that I was wondering if it is possible to learn English riding with a western saddle. That's not what I meant :)
I would like to start taking lessons, and the English style appeals to me for some reason (which is odd because Western sounds so much easier for beginners, and I like "easy"). The problem is that I want to be able to ride the horse I spend all my time with, but she only has a Western Saddle. I would like to be able to take a lesson once a week but also be able to practice what I learn on "my" horse (with someone there to watch me of course). For a beginner, is it just a horrible idea to learn English, but in my spare time ride a Western saddled horse. Will I be negating anything I learn in the lessons?
I don't know what it is, but I want to be able to really develop balance and it seems like English is the way to go for that. I also have an unexplainable desire to learn direct reining with two hands as opposed to neck reining with one hand.