I've been struck with a difficult decision just recently.
Lately I've been searching around in hopes to purchase my first mount, which would be a Western trained trail horse. Nothing more and nothing less. I currently live in an English dominant area with many riding facilities (many professional) right down the road from me and have been struggling with whether or not to take English lessons instead.
About six years ago I was introduced to the English aspect of riding as I was able to ride at a walk. The trainer at that facility had said I had potential and I was offered lessons, however didn't get to take hold of the opportunity as I moved weeks after. Then just a year ago I was able to ride English once again, but this time was able to trot and again the trainer at that facility said that I had potential and offered to set me up with training--and again, I ended up moving.
Now I'm not planning on moving any time too soon and living in an area surrounded by English trainers and am curious if I should go and try out English lessons since I've been wanting to for the past six years.
So, current English riders, what are the Pros and Cons you've came across? Perhaps there are previous Western riders who had a change that could give me insight to which style of riding they prefer?
Also-I'm not sure on how built/fit you'd have to be in order to be an English rider seeing as I'm approx. 5'7.5" and weigh about 105lbs (tall and skinny) and not too terribly muscular, but I'm somewhat fit--and there is definite room for improvement on that (New Years Resolution to get more muscular on the top half anyways x]).
• So to the English riders out there, what do you enjoy about English riding (Pros and Cons)?
• What events are more fun and rewarding (in your opinion)?
• If you've previously ridden Western, which do you prefer?
• Any other insight/advice you'd have.
Thank you to all the help! :)