I've grown up being a Western rider my entire life. I primarily like to barrel race, but I do enjoy going to local shows and doing everything (halter, showmanship, western pleasure, reining, competitive trail) along with the gaming. But I'm always wanting to try new things and new events.
The only English riding I have experienced was for a 3 year period while I was in grad school, with some friends I was lucky enough to meet that had an "extra" horse who didn't get ridden very often. I was thrilled to come riding once or twice a week, and they were thrilled to have an extra person to exercise their extra horse.
I came across a great barn here in my area who have some world-class riders. Since I can't ride my horses during the winter (dark when I get off work, ice and snow is slippery too), I figured some indoor riding lessons would be a great thing to do in the winter months.
I'd ideally like to learn a wee bit about everything: Dressage, jumping, hunter under saddle, etc.
I don't necessarily ever plan to compete in it (one local club does have HUS events, but that's about it), but I figure it can't hurt to learn.
Any tips, advice, or comments you can give me?
Anything stick out in your mind from your first lessons?
Any English no-no's (transitioning from Western) that I should know? The ladies I rode with always teased me when I would just mount up from the ground instead of using the mounting block.
Just used to it, I guess.