Originally Posted by Mochachino
I have always just rode western, but decided I wanted to try something different so I travel once a week to a lesson barn and am taking some English lessons. I know that once a week is minimal, but all I can do until it starts to stay light out later. Anyway, I feel like I am starting all over again. I didn't think it would be so hard switching over but it is. I find my western habits get in the way of my hands and learning the direct indirect rein and having contact is all new. I know that I have improved, but I thought I would catch on and get it a lot quicker. Is this normal to feel like I'm starting to learn to ride all over again?
I will be going through the same situation as you in April! I am nervous and know that english will be a totally different experience for me. I have rode western for only a year, so hopefully it won't cause me too much confusion. Just try not to get frustrated and take your time learning the differences. It is always rough the first two months im sure.