Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Define hard time.
Harder than someone who hasn't ridden? Not if they are open to new ways of doing things. But will they ride like an experienced English rider right away? No. Also, English includes both jumping and dressage. Those are different styles, too. A dressage seat is in many ways more like a western seat.
During my military career, I switched aircraft types several times. The biggest problem was that your trained reactions for one aircraft might be counterproductive in another. In an emergency, you might make an inappropriate response for the plane you were in because that response would be RIGHT for the previous plane.
With horses, you add in that the 'plane' has a mind of its own, and its own training. A horse that isn't used to constant leg contact may get confused, or vice-versa. A horse that doesn't know about neck reining may become confused if the person reverts to it in a pinch.
But any rider will have better balance than someone new, and will be better at reading the horse.
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."