Talk to me about switching styles...
I'm new here and thought some of you might want to share their thoughts and tips on my current situation:
I've been riding English (competitively for 15 years) pretty much all my life, was never exposed to Western style at all.
I bought my new gelding in the summer as a Dressage prospect, only does he not want to be my dressage prospect. He wants to be a Western horse. How I know that? Well, he does "participate" in Dressage training but his mind isn't at it and he seemed unhappy of sorts. And I knew he was once upon a time started Western, so I threw the tack on him and he's a different horse. Active, eager to please, happy. Ok, then, we'll ride Western from now on. I want him to be content, because I truly believe that we'll only be successful and have a good relationship in the long run if we find something we both enjoy.
Here is the catch: I have never, never, ever had a thing to do with Western and I don;t know what direction to go into etc. Can the ones who have successfully mastered the switch give me some pointers, please?
Also, YES, I DO HAVE A TRAINER. But only once a week and weather permitting. We don't have an arena.
Any thoughts are appreciated.