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    04-29-2014, 09:04 AM
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Foal
Fell in love with a horse of the wrong disposition.

As some may remember I had a problem with my recent trainer/friend. Long story short I decided to finally move my mare and find myself a different trainers. I'm super excited... However I'm also sad and a bit confused on what to do. Now that my old trainer is out of the way and I've had time to reflect these last few months I've realized I got tricked into buying a horse that I don't think will keep me happy. Problem is... I fell in love with her the day I rode her. I wanted a gaming horse at first, but soon realized I should take it slower and get a western pleasure horse. When I rode my mare I loved how she moved and her puppy dog personality, my trainer completely assured me she was a definite western pleasure horse! As time went on she urged me more and more to try English hunter under saddle and than finally after 4 months admitted me my 16.1hh mare wasn't a western pleasure horse, but a great hunter horse. I'm moving her to a HUS barn because after talking to many others who know my mare they have all told me the same... She's no western horse and definitely no gaming horse! I'm going to give HUS a try, but I've grown up a western ridder and just don't know. I fear selling her is in my future and it breaks my heart! After 15 years of dreaming of my first horse and finally owning her I may have to say goodbye. I think this was more of a vent, I'm not really seeking advice, but I wouldn't mind hearing what others think.
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    04-29-2014, 09:16 AM
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Weanling
I am glad you have you trainer issues taken care of. Now for your horse, I think learning HUS will be great for you; you can't go wrong learning something new. As for the horse I don't see a problem riding a HUS horse western too. BUT I am a western rider, I have never had the chance to ride english and really wish I could. But from a western riding view it would be good for your horse also to ride both western and HUS.
Now that being said if you are talking showing I don't know if your HUS horse will also be a western pleasure horse. Thank is a questions for others if you are talking just trail riding and pleasure riding I think you horse should be able to ride "go both ways"
     
    04-29-2014, 04:13 PM
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Foal
Thank you! I'm glad to hear some positive about my situation, it gives me hope! I do plan on showing, but nothing crazy. Just for fun. She's such a quiet mare, especially for only being 3yrs old and the thought of selling her breaks my heart. Time will tell, I'm glad I have somewhere I can come and get others info and opinions!
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    04-29-2014, 04:37 PM
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Weanling
I could be wrong but.. she's 3 years old... and you're riding mainly for fun right? Can't she be whatever you / your trainer train her to be? She's SO young! Sure, maybe there are traits that make a horse better at one thing rather than other... but so long as you and the horse are having fun and aren't trying to be super competitive, I don't see why any horse couldn't learn whatever discipline and enjoy it?
     
    04-29-2014, 04:47 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Gossalyn    
I could be wrong but.. she's 3 years old... and you're riding mainly for fun right? Can't she be whatever you / your trainer train her to be? She's SO young! Sure, maybe there are traits that make a horse better at one thing rather than other... but so long as you and the horse are having fun and aren't trying to be super competitive, I don't see why any horse couldn't learn whatever discipline and enjoy it?
Yes and no. She's all legs and pretty lazy so barrels would only risk her soundness. As for western riding again she has a long stride and she won't be able to have that slow canter a western pleasure horse has for show reasons. She will probably be good in trails since she doesn't spook easily, kick, rear, or any of that. Sadly the barn I'm boarding her at has no outdoor trails! I plan on buying a small trailer though and finding my own trails. ;) I just really wanted to show western pleasure, but it looks as if it'll be more of a just for fun sorta thing. She can go very far HUS though, great mover!
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    04-29-2014, 08:23 PM
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Weanling
When you are thinking of showing, are you meaning local club shows or something bigger? I have shown many horses in smaller shows both English and western and they have all done well. Maybe start with the HUS and when you are solid in that discipline try some WP and see how it goes with her.
     
    05-01-2014, 02:34 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Woodhaven    
When you are thinking of showing, are you meaning local club shows or something bigger?
Local shows, nothing fancy for now. She is double registered and I would like to put points on her, but I'm in NO hurry as she's still very young. So for now probably locals, 4H, and MAYBE a couple AQHA when I'm feeling more convident.
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    05-02-2014, 11:47 PM
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Foal
Since she is young you can make her what you want. Though she may never be happy. You could do english pleasure or something easy going like that. HEY maybe you could try dressage(this is coming from a 14 year old) and it is kind of fun! There is always something to get better at
     
    05-03-2014, 04:00 AM
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Trained
HUS is Western using English tack, basically. It has no dressage foundation at all. True English is ALL based off dressage in one way or another. Jumpers is just dressage with speedbumps. Eventing is dressage with galloping and speedbumps. Show hacks should have a solid dressage education and not just be jammed into a false frame [but many of them, sadly, are]. Basically every type of English riding that's ACTUALLY done in England is based on dressage. I see no dressage at all in HUS.

Therefore, you might find you don't have a problem with the switch, other than that the tack will feel very unsecure after riding in a Western saddle.
     
    05-04-2014, 07:03 PM
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Weanling
If I just wanted to show for fun, there's no way I'd sell a horse I love. But if doing well in shows and fitting the style of your discipline is most important to you, there's nothing wrong with that, and you should get a horse you won't feel regret over.
     

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