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    05-29-2012, 12:42 PM
When you consider that most people don't become life-long horse owners, this post tells me that are in it for more than show ribbons. Most people start looking around for something else to do with their horse. Trail-riding Western or showing Western is a good choice.
EVERY discipline teaches your horse balance and good manners. If you sell your horse in the future these things are the only guarantee of a possible good move for your horse.
I say, go Western for awhile. During the off-season--next winter--do some online research. I don't think many people are aware of how these styles and disciplines evolved, and how similar they really are.
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    05-29-2012, 04:18 PM
I can FEEL the difference in straightness and engagement between a horse trained correctly in dressage, and trained for western. It's not the same. I know that some western riders feel its the same, but it's not.

I've ridden a ton of horses. Horses trained by well known and winning western riders, by good HJ trainers, etc. I'm not saying western (or any other discipline) isn't working for balance and engagement, but in my extensive experience the straightness and engagement doesn't attain the same levels as a well trained second level and up horse. It doesn't have to be the same, but if you want a truly straight and engaged horse then learn dressage.

Disclaimer: I've never ridden a reining horse, so can't comment on the straightness/engagement oon well trained reiners.
    05-29-2012, 04:29 PM
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I did english riding and took jumping lessons which was fun. I took dressage lessons from 2 barns and I just could not get into it!....it's too slow for me..there is a lot of concentration and effort that goes into it. My mom is into dressage and she loves it!
I switched to western and have taken up barrel racing and gymkhana. My horse was orignally trained for it and she enjoys it more than she did jumping and dressage was NOT her thing. She was very unhappy with it. What works for one horse may not work another horse. What works for one person may not work for the other....explore!
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    05-29-2012, 09:46 PM
How about... western dressage!? The uh... best of both worlds.

*head desk*

cons, dressage, pros, western

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