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post #11 of 18 Old 03-05-2009, 09:52 PM
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I ride english but I still do all the things western riders do, i.e. cattle work/gaming etc. It all works the same no matter what saddle you have on! (well except for roping, lol)

Just get out there and try new things, and have fun. That's the biggest bit of riding :]

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post #12 of 18 Old 03-06-2009, 02:11 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I suppose I'm just going to go to a mainly english stable again. I don't think I could ever give up jumping :p

Thanks again, everyone!
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post #13 of 18 Old 03-11-2009, 03:56 PM
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Although this doesn't really have anything to do with switching between disciplines, I know what you mean about wanting to not learn anymore. About two years ago I was taking lessons once a week with the same horse. I felt like I owned him, but I knew that I didn't. We had some good summers together with camp and I even taught him dressage. We went to a few events together, and we did just ok. I guess he really wasn't the kind of horse I needed anymore. I wanted an adventure that was more than just the ring. For a while I had stopped riding my freshman year because I didn't feel I was really into it anymore. Then I got a new trainer and things were going well.

So I bought my first horse! I've had him for a year now and, wow, has he come a long way! I think I have too. I feel the need to ride my horse everyday possible. I don't feel like going to lessons is a chore. Sure, I still have weekly lessons. But they're at my barn, not the lesson barn. My horse, Drake needed an attitude adjustment when I got him, and I guess I did, too! He's practically my life now, even though I'm really busy all the time!

Hang in there and try something new! I'm not sure if western will change your mind about things, but you never know! Maybe you can switch lesson barns where they do things to have fun more than just for learning. Although all horse people have more to learn about their horses, you can do that without a ring!

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post #14 of 18 Old 03-12-2009, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I chose english. I'd miss it way too much.

Thanks again for all of your inputs.
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post #15 of 18 Old 03-13-2009, 11:14 AM
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I say go Western, but that is mainly because I ride both, and Western is a lot more fun and stress relieving to me.

For instance, barrel racing, to me, is a good way to reduce stress because I get to take my anger out with outrageous speed. And, trail riding is great because it gives you alone time with just you and your horse.

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post #16 of 18 Old 03-18-2009, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by AshleyNewman View Post
I just kinda got tired of learning and wanted to do more of just riding.

Well, if you don't want to learn and just want to ride (nothing wrong with that) then just ride. It really doesn't matter what saddle you put on the horse or if you are wearing britches or jeans.

The only way to answer the question is to think about what YOU want to do with your horse.

Want to ride barrels, work cows, rope, gymkhana, etc.? Go western
Want to jump, hunter pace, dressage, etc.? Go english

Want to just ride in the ring or on trail and do your own thing? Stop worrying about labels and just have fun. Outside of a judged/competitive/working situation there is little practical difference between english and western when it comes to casual riding.
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post #17 of 18 Old 03-23-2009, 11:54 PM
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With whatever you choose, just make sure to have fun. Ask your instructor if its possible to go on hacks after lessons. Those are always really relaxing and fun. And that's great that you get to lease. Let us know how to goes! And welcome back to riding!

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post #18 of 18 Old 03-29-2009, 03:23 PM
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I love english, but I would say that trying something new is always really good. Also, I think you could train a horse for both western and english.
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