I'm attending my first western show in two weeks as a spectator only. My horse isn't western trained or ready for showing yet. Is there anyone here that attends any UK western shows?
I have started to really research western classes and have been watching a lot of videos on Youtube. I have been taking lessons for a while but what I thought was western riding is actually natural horsemanship. I enjoy the lessons I have but they are on english trained horses (wearing a western saddle) and they don't have the western gaits such as jog and lope they just trot and canter. I suffer from nerves as i'm sure you are all aware if you have read any of my other posts and I thought maybe the slower gaits such as jog and lope could help with my nerves as it's when I get to the faster english gaits that I lose my confidence as I am lead to believe that the western gaits are much slower and smoother please correct me if i'm wrong? Anyway I live far North of England with very limited access to anything to do with western at all. I'm really looking forward to the show as it is a full days program with everything from trail classes, pleasure classes, reigning (sp?) etc. I'm not sure of anyone in my area who actually does any western lessons and I think the nearest is a 4 hour round trip by car but I would really love to try some of the classes. I'm pretty sure after the show i'm going to watch i'll be hooked!
I sure wish I could save the money to come to the US on a proper western holiday to get the real experience!