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post #1 of 8 Old 11-30-2010, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation What should I take lessons for??

I want everyone to vote and tell me which I should take lessons for: Basic English riding and work my way up to dressage, or western/barrel racing?
I've had a lot more experience in the western saddle but english seems really interesting. I am leaning a bit more towards barrel racing but I want to know what ya'll think! Vote away!!!

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-30-2010, 06:41 PM
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I'm kinda in the same boat, But I think I want to do WP and barrel racing but I still want to do english and jumping.. You really just need to give a long, hard thought about what you want to do. :)

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post #3 of 8 Old 11-30-2010, 07:08 PM
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I'd go with basic English. It's great for balance, so if you decide to go back to Western, you'll stick like glue. At my barn, even Western students learn to walk, trot, and canter in an English saddle first. Once they move to Western, they have a load of confidence and security.
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-30-2010, 07:39 PM
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I'd do the english lessons first. Dressage helps with everything so you can bring it over to your barrel racing too.
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-01-2010, 08:16 AM
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Don't "work you way up". If you can afford and can find a -good- instructor get dressage lessons. They ARE basics and will help you a lot on way whether you decide on dressage or jumping or other discipline.
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-01-2010, 10:19 AM
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I'm partial to English because that's what I do. I started with english then jumpers and dressage. I did them all because jumpers is so fun and dressage gives you the seat and skills to ride it. I say if you want a challenge and to work go with dressage. It can be very tough. I don't know much about barrel racing but it looks like it's fun.
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-01-2010, 12:27 PM
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I am 52 years old, I have ridden Western ALL my life. I know just enough to KNOW, I KNOW NOTHING! I never had classes but rode many different horses when I was a kid. My folks were too poor to take me for lessons "IF" any had been available.

I wish I had lived in an area that taught English/dressage/jumping! What I wouldn't give to have learned these disciplines. THEN I would be able to ride any type of saddle and pick up any differences from what I had already learned.

go the English/dressage route!!!

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post #8 of 8 Old 12-01-2010, 05:35 PM
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I would take dressage lessons, the skills you gain will benefit both English and Western riding.
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