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post #1 of 18 Old 03-05-2009, 06:14 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I've always ridden english. For 5 or 6 years now, all english. Never ridden western a day in my life. In December of '07 I stopped riding(nothing physical was wrong). But recently I've wanted to take up riding again. I loved english, but for some reason it was sort of like a broken record for me. I would go to my lesson and just want to ride. Not really wanna learn anything, if any of you get what I'm saying? I just kinda got tired of learning and wanted to do more of just riding. Well, I was wondering if you guys think I should go back to English or try Western out?
I wasn't a horrid rider. But not the best. They put me on some difficult horses, which I suppose means they trusted me enough with that. I could jump 2 and a half feet(I know that's not big at all :p)
Anyone have any opinions?
I still love english, but I just don't know if I wanna try Western or not. My mom used to ride western and claimed she loved it. But she never tried english, so I'm wondering if that was her fault :p

Again, any input would be great.
Sorry, that was a confusing paragraph
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post #2 of 18 Old 03-05-2009, 06:51 AM
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Welcome to the forum Ashley.

My suggestion would be to give it a try. Someone telling you how they like or dislike it shouldn't help you very much since it is their experience and not yours. Personally, I switched to Western from a very formal English background and even though I went back and forth for a few years, I settled on Western - but that's me. My goals had to do with trail riding and working cows so Western was the way to go. What are your goals?

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post #3 of 18 Old 03-05-2009, 11:41 AM
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Maybe you could do some trail riding and be in an entirely different environment and have a different experience (assuming you ride mainly in an arena). You could ride in whatever saddle you're comfortable in but still have a change of pace. Could be fun!
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post #4 of 18 Old 03-05-2009, 12:15 PM
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Nothing wrong with doing both! I rode dressage and team penning for years!
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post #5 of 18 Old 03-05-2009, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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I don't even know my goals.
Riding is sorta therapeutic for me. I have depression and it really helps me. Just kinda making a bond with a horse is important to me. I'm not the type of person that rides just to ride. Ya know?

I'm thinking western :p

Also, I'm going to lease a horse soon so that's why I'm worrying about it so much. I don't wanna start riding, lease a horse and then switch my decision.
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post #6 of 18 Old 03-05-2009, 03:20 PM
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Also, I'm going to lease a horse soon so that's why I'm worrying about it so much. I don't wanna start riding, lease a horse and then switch my decision.
There are very few horses that cannot be ridden both.

Cross training is good for them too!
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post #7 of 18 Old 03-05-2009, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah.
Well, thanks everyone. :)
I'll just have to make my decision.
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post #8 of 18 Old 03-05-2009, 06:27 PM
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I ride western, but have played around english a little bit... I like both, but prefer western.

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I have and still do ride english and western and sometimes the best thing to do is switch it up. Ride english and western! I do and its great for me I think. It never gets old and its great for balance purposes, plus it makes you a better well rounded rider
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post #10 of 18 Old 03-05-2009, 07:34 PM
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I do both and like what each has to offer.
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