When I was younger, my first lessons were at an English barn. I had about five lessons before we called it quits. The lady who gave my lessons was plain rude, especially for someone who instructs children, and the horses were unpleasant. Since then I have always ridden Western, but I've never really done a specific discipline. Now, I have my own horses, and I have all western saddles. And riding 'western' has just been about me riding with western tack, and nothing much more.
I am interested in English, and have taken a few lessons in English tack on my gelding. (The saddle was too small for my bum, and I'm wondering if that might have given the wrong impression on English saddles.) I'm not really sure where to start, though. Now that I am more confident in my riding, and my skills in general have improved, I'd like to chose a discipline and hone my skills; rather than just be kind-of-good riding in general. I would really like to take lessons on a trained horse, though. As much as I love my gelding, I would like to learn without everything being a desperate struggle.
Where should I start?
Does anyone have any experiences they'd like to share?
If I buy a saddle, should I look into a multi-purpose or dressage?
Is it difficult to find balance in an English saddle, even if you find one that fits?
I don't really have any English riding apparel, if I take lessons will I be required to get breeches and boots?
Could I get a break down of most of what English has to offer?
I briefly know what dressage is, but I have never actually ridden a dressage horse and wasn't brought up that way. Jumping is something I would be a bit interested in, and I've done before in western tack. I like to keep an open mind to trying different things, and seeing as I am not set in my ways quite yet, now might be a good time to take it for a test drive. Thank-you in advance for the help!