Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
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.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.