I am looking into going to Olds College in fall of 2014 for a horsemanship major. I can't decide whether to go for english or western riding.
I've been riding for 10 years. I have pleasure ridden western, australian, and bareback. I can break a colt into ride, just not sure where to take it from there. I am wanting to improve my riding skills.
Come spring I will be starting english riding lessons with a lady that lives fairly close by. I have taken one lesson from her and learned a lot. She said that I ride very well, and have a good seat.
She is a graduate from Olds Western Horsemanship program.
I can ride walk, trot (or jog), canter (or lope) and a gallop.
I've ridden many different breeds, QH, BelgianX, half Arabian, PercheronX, Paint, and TB. This summer I will be interning in BC at an endurance farm that raises and runs Akhal-Tekes.
I'm not expecting to get an equine career out of this (though, that would be amazing) I mainly want to improve my riding skills. As a lady once told me, 'It will give a new way of thinking, and there is no price too big for that'.
I am also considering returning for the 2 year farrier major after the horsemanship major.
My main question is, which would you suggest I go for? I am equally interested in both english and western riding.
And, are there any graduates (or current) students from the Olds College Equine Sciences program?
I'm going to throw in a couple pictures of me riding.
Thank you for your input!