Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Chester County, PA
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!
All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day. ~Author Unknown