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post #1 of 13 Old 01-10-2010, 02:17 AM Thread Starter
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Question Riding Discipline HELP!

Alright, so I am fairly new to riding, I've been riding for about a year or so. I don't own a horse, I've just been riding lesson horses for this year. I've started learning Western, never have ridden English, but English- Show Jumping and Dressage really interests me a lot. But I also like Western a lot, not sure what to do now, or where to go from here.

What would you recommend? Do you think I should change riding styles, or learn both? What is your favorite riding style and competition? I would also like some facts about them both from a rider themselves on both disciplines.

Just super confused about what to do now! Thanks ahead!
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post #2 of 13 Old 01-10-2010, 09:26 AM
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If you are able to, why not try both then you can decide what you like better (or just continue to ride both!). I ride both english and western. I learned to ride english, so it was pretty easy to change to western. I think it might be harder to adjust to and english saddle after learning western.

ETA: wanted to ad that I have never actually shown western, only trail riding and some gaming for fun. I grew up eventing, foxhunting, playing polocrosse, and competed quite a bit in mounted games with the pony club.
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post #3 of 13 Old 01-10-2010, 12:23 PM
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I say, learn both! Why not? I ride English and I love Dressage and Show-jumping, but not so much eventing, so I just do two disciplinces seperatly. I also love playing polocrosse, trail ride and work with race horses.
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post #4 of 13 Old 01-10-2010, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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That's a good idea. Thank you both.
I would have to go to a different barn though to learn English- Dressage and Jumping though. That's why I've been kind of confused and "stuck" on what to do!
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post #5 of 13 Old 01-10-2010, 10:59 PM
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Hmmm Well I rein and do WP but if your already learning western I would keep doing it until you have more expierence then you can try something new.

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post #6 of 13 Old 01-10-2010, 11:04 PM
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I have trained both English and western riders before and truthfully, you will benefit greatly from taking a few English lessons to see what you think of it. It will also help with balance and seat and overall riding skill. I love my WP horses but there is a great reward having a great jump or English ride too. You can do both and do them well! Good luck!

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post #7 of 13 Old 01-11-2010, 10:15 AM
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I'm WP and reining. That's really all I've wanted to do, and have no desire to do anything else (english/dressage wise). I have jumped for fun but not really my thing. All I have to say is what was posted above is that if both interest you, go for it!! There's no reason why you should only have to choose one lol. If I liked english as much as western, I'd do both too.

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post #8 of 13 Old 01-11-2010, 03:29 PM
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i have shown western but i still can jump in an english saddle! i think its harder to switch from western to english.because western riding is a little bit more relaxed and your not on the bit all the time.

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post #9 of 13 Old 01-11-2010, 03:46 PM
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I've learned that jumping helps with dressage and vice versa so your'e safe to start with either!! I always love a western saddle on trail rides too :)
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post #10 of 13 Old 01-11-2010, 03:50 PM
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I ride western sometimes for fun, but im mainly dressage, (i used to jump) but i find i benefit from trying all disiplines, i once had a reining lesson, which was fun! i think its fun to learn them all ,who knows, you may just fall in love with dressage or jumping!

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