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        08-12-2009, 12:49 PM
      #1
    Foal
    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 don't 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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        08-12-2009, 12:51 PM
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    Started
    You can always try it, and if you don't like it switch back
         
        08-12-2009, 12:57 PM
      #3
    Foal
    Thanks that's 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.
         
        08-12-2009, 03:21 PM
      #4
    Green Broke
    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.
         
        08-12-2009, 03:44 PM
      #5
    Foal
    True I have to try to see. I think I am going to :)
         
        08-12-2009, 03:59 PM
      #6
    Trained
    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
         
        08-12-2009, 04:09 PM
      #7
    Showing
    Even if you don't like Western after you switched, why can't you ride English at the new barn?
         
        08-12-2009, 09:18 PM
      #8
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    Even if you don't like Western after you switched, why can't you ride English at the new barn?
    i don't think so. I don't 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,
         
        08-13-2009, 07:55 AM
      #9
    Showing
    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.
         
        08-13-2009, 12:39 PM
      #10
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    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 that's what I will do. And maybe I will end up loving it also. Thank you :)
         

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