Join Date: May 2012
Location: Manitoba, Canada
I'm sort of in the same boat you are, KJ - I've been riding Western 'forever' (I don't know when I officially started riding, so it's been pretty much my whole life and I'm 29) and I decided to give English a try. I've only taken two lessons so far and I'm not sure if I'll take more before spring, but I felt so off balance!!!
I don't currently have my own trailer so I used one of my instructor's horses. He was a very nice gelding but he was just different. Plus a little bit taller than my mare (not a lot, he's hardly a 'big' horse but when you're also in an unfamiliar saddle those few inches feel a lot bigger!) so I was definitely afraid of falling off.
In the spring, once we have our own trailer and I don't have to worry about icy roads or snowdrifts in the arena, I'd like to start taking my own horse to lessons and I think that will help.
It's good to know that the paddock boots and half chaps made a difference - so far I've been riding in cowboy boots and jeans too, perhaps I'll have to find some new boots and some half chaps before springtime :)