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post #1 of 10 Old 08-12-2009, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Switching styles?

hi!
i am thinking sbout switching styles as well as switching barns. i want to switch from my old barn, which teaches english style riding to a barn which teaches western riding. i have always wanted to try western but am i afriad the once i switch barns i may not like it as much. I went to a trail riding place and rode western and enjoyed it, but we only walked and did a little jogging. i dont really know anything about western and am afraid i will not like it?
any advice? or did anyone else have this delema?

THANKS :)
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-12-2009, 12:51 PM
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You can always try it, and if you don't like it switch back
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-12-2009, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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thanks thats true, but i am also interested in the new style because i want to leave my current barn. so i would then have to search for a third barn.
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how will you know unless you try? :) maybe you'll try it and fall in love. worst thing that will happen is that you won't like it and switch back.
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-12-2009, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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true i have to try to see. i think i am going to :)
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-12-2009, 03:59 PM
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I would go take a few western lessons and then see if you like it before you move. You could always find someplace that does both too
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-12-2009, 04:09 PM
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Even if you don't like Western after you switched, why can't you ride English at the new barn?

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-12-2009, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Even if you don't like Western after you switched, why can't you ride English at the new barn?
i dont think so. i dont own my own horse i ride a lesson horse. and the new barn is very small and is like 2 min away from my house, and i think the lady just gives western lessons on the side,
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-13-2009, 07:55 AM
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Not owning a horse should make the choice easier. There is no reason why you can't do both or at least just Western for a few lessons. The only problem may be the choice of barns to learn from. You want a place that knows how to teach and has the horses and equipment to do it properly.

I've seen so many small operations where the owner decides to make some extra money by giving lessons when they barely know how to ride properly themselves. Go and watch the lessons, see what the place looks like, how the horses and tack look. Watch a lesson and see how she/he teaches. Then you can decide if you want to give it a try there or elsewhere.

I was an English rider for the first 10 years or so then switched slowly to Western and now, for the past 20ish years, strictly Western - and love it.

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post #10 of 10 Old 08-13-2009, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Not owning a horse should make the choice easier. There is no reason why you can't do both or at least just Western for a few lessons. The only problem may be the choice of barns to learn from. You want a place that knows how to teach and has the horses and equipment to do it properly.

I've seen so many small operations where the owner decides to make some extra money by giving lessons when they barely know how to ride properly themselves. Go and watch the lessons, see what the place looks like, how the horses and tack look. Watch a lesson and see how she/he teaches. Then you can decide if you want to give it a try there or elsewhere.

I was an English rider for the first 10 years or so then switched slowly to Western and now, for the past 20ish years, strictly Western - and love it.
thanks for the great advice. i think thats what i will do. and maybe i will end up loving it also. thank you :)
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