Hi, I have ridden western for the past 5 years but I am going to start taking dressage lessons soon. Are their any tips that would help make the transition from western to english easier? Will it be really difficult?
I just started taking Dressage a couple weeks ago. My biggest tip is wear something comfortable lol. I have been riding in my western cowboy boots and jeans, and my calves are bruised and scraped up! Not to mention that it's a disaster to post due to my pants continue to ride up my leg. The saddles are different so leg placement is also different and where it sits there tends to be more metal. Sorry it's late and that's my biggest problem at the moment. Also take it slow and understand that you don't always put two and two together at first. Some things with the dressage you don't always get at first, like posting, and keeping quieter hands, full contact on the bit. Also you use your seat and leg pressure more than you would "steer" with the reins in western. That's all I got. Good luck and have fun!
Have tons of fun and be patient. It takes time to get it all going in the right direction nd the rewards of your hard work are in steps. I do agree with the first poster. Get the correct cloths. I would imagin that riding in dressage in jeans would be uncomfortable. You will be using your legs and seat in a very different way then western. Breeches are what you want to use. Boots can be pricey. You could always start with paddock boots and half chaps.
You are going to have so much fun!!!! I love dressage!