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post #1 of 7 Old 01-20-2013, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Going from western to english...

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?
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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.

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Oh it is definitely a learning curve, took me a lot longer then I thought, and its a lot harder then I expected too! But keep at it, its worth it!
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ok thanks for that. I guess I will keep pushing ahead, I just felt like such an idiot why I couldn't get it. I find the position of my hands and what I do with them is something I really need to work on. It will come though.
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It will and it will eventually become muscle memory. Now whenever I am having trouble with something or teaching my horse something I automatically go back to my dressage seat and hands. It has definitely improved me as a rider.
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It is completely normal. I'm not even switching from English to Western, I'm switching from hunters to dressage and it is soo different. It's like I'm learning to ride all over again. You're not alone =]
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-20-2013, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! I just wish I could ride at least one more time a week.
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