I recently found out through a bit of research that my 17 year old gelding has a long history of western riding before I had bought him. Now, he is very very good at English, we placed fourth at our last dressage show and he jumps amazing. He has good distances, a nice tuck, and he never refuses.
I am very curious however about his western past. I myself have only ridden western a handful of times on trails at other barns on a variety of horses (including my old pony) but never ring work. I have 10+ years of riding, and I would just love to just buy a western saddle, put it on, and ride some trails and maybe a little but of ring work, I already know that he has a great jog and lope, sometimes I pretend I'm in a western pleasure class in an english saddle when i'm riding by myself :P
The only problem is that I board at a large eventing and dressage barn. Everyone who boards is either an eventer, dressage rider, or hunt seat rider. One time someone did come to the barn with an appaloosa gelding who did western, and the barn owner was not to keen on it, she even insisted that she ride outside instead of the indoor arena. I just feel like it will be so frowned upon if I even show up with a western to my barn, that I'll cause a huge stink!
What should I do guys? Has anyone been a situation like this? I don't want to cause barn drama :P