I've been riding Western for the past year but have been wanting to get into English. So with a change of barn and riding instructor, I made the switch. I will miss those stables, those awesome desert trails, and my lesson/half-lease horse, but it was time to move on.
This new instructor and her 10 year old Friesian mare are what I need. Awesomely trained, sweet, gorgeous horse, and very experienced instructor who isn't afraid to IMMEDIATELY correct you (to the point it might startle you). Not to mention she is closer to where I live and less expensive.
My previous instructor was a nice lady but I began to feel like she didn't have the experience to teach me how to actually ride and I found myself disagreeing with her methods. I've only just began riding with her and I can already tell she is all about using your seat. And that's what I need to learn: more seat, less hands.
For now I'm going to stick with basic English or Hunt Seat until I know what I really want to get into. I'm still at the stage in my riding experience where I don't have anything to commit to. Perhaps eventually I'll do a little jumping, maybe even eventing. And then there is always the endurance riding I want to get into but that's another chapter . Maybe one of these days I'll find something to stick with to the point I can compete.
But honestly, the switch from Western to English is a bit intimidating to me. I think it's in part because I wasn't really given the best "coaching" in lessons until now. I have my second lesson with this instructor tomorrow and, while I've only been riding for just over a year, I still feel like a COMPLETE newb all over again. The only thing I bring to the table is knowing how to post, having decent balance and knowing how to keep my hands still... decently.
Has anyone made the switch to English from Western or Western from English? How was it for you?