I just wanted to say, y'all make me feel so much better, seeing how many of you "free style" your riding! I grew up riding western and neck-reining, but never really classicly trained. So it was more "free style". Now, however, with TJ being an English horse I'm trying to learn direct reining and more contact et cetera...I have a hard time with it 'cuz again, I can't afford traditional lessons. Everyone around me kinda' pokes fun at me 'cuz I am just a pleasure rider and usually fall back into "free styling" (dressage bridle, western saddle, snaffle, loose rein, one handed). Hey, as long as TJ goes where I want, when I want and stops, yah know?!