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        03-05-2014, 11:46 AM
    Lol no Sully I sung it too XD!
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        03-05-2014, 11:58 AM
    Originally Posted by Jumping4Joy    
    Thank you all for responding! I'm going to make a list of pros and cons. My trainer is really great though, she had my best interests at heart! I've been dieting so I would have an easier time in an English saddle and also for health reasons, and she doesn't want me to ride english until I'm 'fit' enough. I will take all of this into consideration! I really appreciate this! And if anyone has any more opinions I would love to hear! Thanks(:
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    WHAT?? Leave, yesterday. That is not okay... and if she knew a thing or two about English riding, she would know that one of the best things you can do to get in shape is to ride.

    It is likely that she actually doesn't want you riding English because she doesn't know a lick about it. AND knowing that, if you want to ride English, there are better barns out there, and you will likely leave for a better facility. She has no one's interests but her own at heart, and is trying to keep you around for her own benefit. IMO.
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        03-05-2014, 12:09 PM
    Sully; Totally guilty of singing it :P that's why I decided to go into this thread.

    I would say move once you find the proper facility and trainer that will make both you and your horse happy. I think it is BS that she doesn't want you riding English until you are more fit. If you want to get fit for running.. you run. This is no different. Like running, you may need to pace yourself but that goes for riding in general.

    What would you say your fitness level is?
        03-05-2014, 03:40 PM
    @Strawberry4Me: My trainer's daughters are both amazing eventers (which she has taught them) and one has been good enough to take lessons from Boyd Martin.

    @CowboysDream: I'm pretty overweight as I got very depressed about 3 years ago and I turned to eating, but now I'm trying to have a healthier life and exercise more! I'm not seriously out of shape, I can walk a half a mile to my horse's pasture and half a mile back and not be out of breath. I mean, I can walk 8 miles and not be out of breath. It's not like I don't know how to ride. I've been riding for over 5 years (mostly English when I was younger) and I am good in my seat. I distribute my weight evenly and I am a pretty good rider! (I'm just getting back into it so I'm kind of rusty) But I have been taking lessons and I've improved so much and I feel pretty confident.
        03-05-2014, 03:50 PM
    I think if you can handle English then there's no reason to go Western. If you find yourself out of breath easily when riding english then the simple solution is take a break or do shorter sessions. Which you can do if you have your own horse. You might as well be doing what you enjoy :)

    PM'd you btw.
        03-05-2014, 03:56 PM
    Alright, well you seem to be coming up with excuses for your trainer... keep in mind that we don't know her. The only thing we have to make judgment on is what you are telling us- which is that she isn't a good trainer. But then when we say she isn't good, you say she is great.

    I honestly think you should explore your options, because I think this woman has you BELIEVING that she is looking out for your best interest, but she is really only concerned about her own. Keeping you on her good side works out better for her than it does for you.

    Even though the other barn is more expensive- remember that most times, you get what you pay for.

    But you know her best, and you know your situation best. Do what you think you need to do. Keep us posted though! I hope whatever you do works out well for you!
        03-05-2014, 04:01 PM
    I just wanted to add as well;

    Maybe your trainer is holding you to a different standard then her daughters. Perhaps you just have to prove to her that you are quite capable and competent to ride English. Tell her you are serious about doing english and you have no interest in doing western. And you own this horse right? You can just get an english saddle and practice on your own time right? If she agrees to teach you in english then you don't need to move.
        03-05-2014, 06:27 PM
    I missed the "fit enough" comment...
    My aunt was an eventer. She ALWAYS won something! She had a room filled to the point of over flowing of ribbons and silver cups. I will tell you one thing. She was NEVER a 'Little" girl. She certainly was not the lightest rider out there but she dis show jumping, dressage, and cross country. I would have told her to suck a rock with the "fit enough" comment. Leave Now!
        03-05-2014, 06:36 PM
    To add starting out english is GOOD! I work muscles I never knew I had when I ride english. I ride english when I don't feel like walking that week. Lots of 2 point and posting.
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