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post #1 of 7 Old 10-16-2012, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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Convince me!

So, if any of you have read my other threads, i used to be a jumper. Then i fell off, torn my hip flexor and was grounded for 4 months. During this time, the doctors weren't sure if id ever be able to ride again, and if i did, it wouldn't be competitively. So i sold my horse. Guess who found out a week later that she was good to ride again? Yeah. That's be me. I made a full recovery and am good to go.

Now, after 4 months of hardly riding at all (I've done a few trail and fun rides), i'm going back to taking lessons. Only thing is, i have no idea what i want to do. The barn i'm going to does western pleasure, barrel racing, saddleseat, English pleasure and jumping. So i have options. But i cant make up my mind.

On one hand, English is all I've ever done (lesson wise) and its what im best at. However, jumping (if i decide that's what i want to do) wont be for quite a while. I need to get back in shape.

On the other hand, I've done a bit of western riding lately and i did enjoy it! So maybe western pleasure or barrel racing? I've always been interested in both, and tried both, but never at a competitive level.

On the other hand (yes i have three hands), I took a saddleseat lesson way back when and absolutely loved it. Granted, it was only one lesson, and i was awful at it (hunters --> saddleseat isnt easy). But i really did enjoy it.

As far as competing, i would most likely just be doing small fun shows. Maybe the occasional big show on the Morgan Circuit.

So, my question to ya'll, is which one is your favorite, and why? As well, which one do you think id excel in? I can post pictures of me riding if that would help.

Please no bashing other disciplines! And.... Go!

For without a horse, i could not fly.
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-16-2012, 01:08 PM
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Wow, glad to hear you made a full recovery!
I'm in a similar situation in that I'm not sure which discipline to pursue. I rode western pleasure and equitation for 15+ years and then I got out of it due to time and money restraints. I have moved provinces and purchased two QH mares (after working with every type of horse, I still love my QH girls!) and I am trying to get competitive again. My trainer has shown and won in WP & reining as well as halter (no interest) and trail classes. He has also shown, trained and won in Dressage and Hunter.
My mares are just as diverse... The little paint would make a FANTASTIC WP or Reining mount, she's a bit short to do barrels. My solid color has proven a natural talent for jumping and would make a good jumper or even a competitive trail horse. I'm leaning to CTR because it's something my husband and I can do together. Although if I really pushed my own training she could even rope cows...
Spoiled for choice, it's a good problem to have.
Is there any way you can take a few lessons in each discipline your interested in? Also, I might recommend WP during your recovery and 'getting back in shape to jump" phase because it might be easier on your hips. Not that it's easy, it's just easier on that body part, lol. Good luck!
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Wow, glad to hear you made a full recovery!
I'm in a similar situation in that I'm not sure which discipline to pursue. I rode western pleasure and equitation for 15+ years and then I got out of it due to time and money restraints. I have moved provinces and purchased two QH mares (after working with every type of horse, I still love my QH girls!) and I am trying to get competitive again. My trainer has shown and won in WP & reining as well as halter (no interest) and trail classes. He has also shown, trained and won in Dressage and Hunter.
My mares are just as diverse... The little paint would make a FANTASTIC WP or Reining mount, she's a bit short to do barrels. My solid color has proven a natural talent for jumping and would make a good jumper or even a competitive trail horse. I'm leaning to CTR because it's something my husband and I can do together. Although if I really pushed my own training she could even rope cows...
Spoiled for choice, it's a good problem to have.
Is there any way you can take a few lessons in each discipline your interested in? Also, I might recommend WP during your recovery and 'getting back in shape to jump" phase because it might be easier on your hips. Not that it's easy, it's just easier on that body part, lol. Good luck!

I could definitely take lessons in each. Which is kind of where I'm leaning right now.

My only worry about taking WP lessons, then jumping, is how different the two are. Im worried it would make jumping more difficult!

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Why don't you hit middle ground and try reining? I know you don't have it at your barn, but it's faster paced than WP.....just an idea. Haha no bias at all!
I'm saying this even though I had an awful ride today!!!!!
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Very happy for your recovery!
I've only ever ridden English, and I've always loved it.
Western seems more relaxed, but I enjoy jumping so I'll be sticking with English.

I feel stupid for asking this..but what is saddleseat?

To ride or not to ride? ... What a stupid question!!
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Why don't you hit middle ground and try reining? I know you don't have it at your barn, but it's faster paced than WP.....just an idea. Haha no bias at all!
I'm saying this even though I had an awful ride today!!!!!
I would love to try reining! However, its like the one thing not offered at the barn i ride at.

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Very happy for your recovery!
I've only ever ridden English, and I've always loved it.
Western seems more relaxed, but I enjoy jumping so I'll be sticking with English.

I feel stupid for asking this..but what is saddleseat?
This! Saddle seat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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I've got it all figured out though guys! I was at the barn last night, talking to my trainer about my different options. And her face lights up and goes "I have a western pleasure horse that would be perfect for you" So im riding him on Sunday. As well, our barn does a mini gymkhana every Saturday, so I'm thinking of trying that out too!

And western pleasure tips for an ex jumper?

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