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        10-28-2011, 01:24 PM
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    Foal
    New to Lessons and ? about English & Western

    Hello all! I'm new to this forum but am hoping to learn more about riding. *Sorry if this is long* I'm 27 and before recently hadn't had any sort of lessons or really ridden at all. For my birthday my husband and I took a "basic horsemanship" class that was 4 weeks for 1 1/2 hrs. Each time. We learned how to tack, clean hooves, groom, etc. as well as about an hour of western riding each time. We want to continue with the instructor's normal group class but since it'll cost us $90 total for DH an I, we can only do this class every other week.

    DH likes riding but I'm definitely more into it. I've also always wanted to learn to ride English. At this barn they do have an english instrusctor but he is kind of expensive. You have to take private lessons at $65/hour until you're good enough for his group lessons. He does a lot of jumping classes and apparently is sought after. (not sure of what his credentials are)

    There is another barn nearby that teaches solely English. I could take an hour group lesson for $45, 45 min. Private w/ assistant trainer for $45, or 45 min. Private with head instructor for $65. I'm thinking of trying the 45 min. Private lesson w/ the assistant trainer but wanted to see what people with experience thought. If I took one lesson every other week in conjunction with the western group lessons, will this only confuse me or make me better? So far I've been picking up the western riding easily.
         
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        10-28-2011, 01:31 PM
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    Foal
    I've always liked English way better than Western. And as a beginner rider you may get confused.
         
        10-28-2011, 02:40 PM
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    Green Broke
    Sometimes it is good, especially at the beginning, to stick with the same instructor until you have the basics down pat. Different instructors, even in the same discipline, are often going to focus on different things and use different terminology that can cause confusion.

    I think private or group lessons are beneficial for a beginner, but I think you learn a little more in a private lesson. Maybe try out a private lesson with the assistant to see if you enjoy her style of teaching and the style of riding, then make your decision.
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        10-28-2011, 02:43 PM
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    Started
    If you have a good memory go for it... that's how I learned :)
         
        10-28-2011, 03:15 PM
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    Super Moderator
    Good horsemanship is good horsemanship regardless of the saddle. There are WAY more similarities than there are differences between english and western. Yes, there are some differences in how we want the horse to go and some cues are different, but what you need is time in a saddle. Most of what you learn in one saddle will transfer just fine to the other.

    I would rather take fewer private lessons just so I can have the coaches undivided attention, personally. I think you would progress faster. I have seen some really talented assistant instructors who were even better than the head instructor.

    I would go to both barns and watch some lessons being taught by any instructor you are considering. See who you like.
         
        10-28-2011, 03:19 PM
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    Foal
    I probably should have mentioned that it will most likely be a few months before I could even start English lessons (~January) so that will give me more time to focus on Western only. If it were only me I'd probably switch entirely over to English but since we're living in Texas, the husband isn't too keen on that thought as of yet. We have friends that have a ranch that have offered to let us ride if we visit. There are also a few trail riding places as well as Hill Country B&B's that offer riding and it all appears to be Western riding so I'd like to have some of those basics.

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    Good horsemanship is good horsemanship regardless of the saddle. There are WAY more similarities than there are differences between english and western. Yes, there are some differences in how we want the horse to go and some cues are different, but what you need is time in a saddle. Most of what you learn in one saddle will transfer just fine to the other.
    This is definitely good to know. Being new I was unsure if it was like apples and oranges regarding crossover.
         
        10-28-2011, 03:25 PM
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    I think sticking with one style in the beginning is better. If you have the money, it will be a better investment in the long run if you can up the number of times you AND hubby take lessons. If you have him "hooked" into horses, it will pay lifetime dividends when you BOTH want to own a hrose, or do week long trailrides or ? I only WISH my husband had a inkling of interest in horses!

    There'll be time later to learn English. You are still quite young.
         
        10-28-2011, 03:31 PM
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    Foal
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    I think sticking with one style in the beginning is better. If you have the money, it will be a better investment in the long run if you can up the number of times you AND hubby take lessons. If you have him "hooked" into horses, it will pay lifetime dividends when you BOTH want to own a hrose, or do week long trailrides or ? I only WISH my husband had a inkling of interest in horses!
    Good point! I like the way you think...
         
        10-28-2011, 05:07 PM
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    Foal
    I think you should stick with one discipline for the time being, but see the other instructor and see if you'd like to maybe switch to english for a bit...and then decide which one you like best. I learned entirely western for about 2years until I wasn't a beginner anymore, then I tried english, and Im an english rider now all the time have been for about 5 years, the disciplines are quite different, but not hard to ride. The problem can be in the instructor because they will teach you different things, and use different terms so it can get very confusing, if your new to riding.
         

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