Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Chula Vista, CA
English riding instructor teaching western riding?
I'm curious. I have been taking some lessons from an intructor where I board. She is an english rider...not sure of the extent of her training. I rarely even see her ride really.
I ride western, just leasure trail riding type stuff. I am in my 40's and have only been riding for the past five or so years. I never rode as a child. I think I do well putsing around. My horses seem happy. I learned my leg cues, seat cues etc. from reading and watching.
My reason for wanting lessons is because both of my horses had never been riding by anyone but me. I am trying to gain confidence at the canter. I actually did ride a QH at the canter and was doing fine with it, but we moved away from him now. My two horses are green in the canter. I just want to be sure I am not doing anything wrong in preventing them from cantering correctly etc. I want to avoid any crow hops etc. I also want to have the confidence when out on a trail and others start cantering....and if my horse does, I will be ok.
Since starting my lessons...it has been anything but that. If anything, I am more confused and less confident since I started. I understand the basics of the riding position and have no interest in looking like a dressage rider, nor would my body allow me to do so if I did. So, I am still at the walk working on body position and feel like everything is now so unclear. When talking to other riders, who are my age, they agreed with my initial cues with my horses, rather than the ones taught to me now...which is like opposite. I've even had a couple other riders that have taken lessons from her say it's almost like she keeps you confused to keep you coming back for more lessons...lol.
So, the question is...can an english rider teach western riding? Don't you have to sit differently etc?