Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
If you have a good instructor, good balance, and learn the fundamentals of communicating with your horse using your seat, legs, and hands, you should have no problem switching from one to the other.
The biggest problem I've seen in folks switching from english to western is with folks that have 'hard' hands and not feeling comfortable riding with a loose rein (vs. with contact). Western horses are used to having their head, and a person that is constantly in their mouth for balance or a sense of control will drive them to a head shaking fit.
Good luck, enjoy, and be safe either way you choose.
On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.