thank you so much everyone!!! For some reason my ballet teacher thinks its bad to ride horses any idea why?????
old urban legend maybe? Probably just that she doesn't know much about horses or riding. In reality it strengthens your core, legs, arms everything really and improves your balance, posture and flexibilty. By his logic doing ballet makes your feet go pointed permantally.
Well... If the horse steps on your tow I bet there will be no ballet for while. Also very intense riding often causes back issues (from what I know, some trainers complain about it), however it doesn't sound like your case anyway.
I had always heard that riding intensely and studying dance will conflict bc you contract your inner thigh and leg muscles when you ride, which conflicts with keeping them stretched and flexible for dance.
I agree with the previous posts--do both and consider equitation to be your cross-training, like the Olympic athletes do off-season.