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    02-12-2013, 09:16 AM
English or Western? I still can't decide.

So I have been riding for about two years and I don't think I am terrible at it but I have road both western and english about the same and I understand the differences but I cannot decide which I want to get really into. I have always thought that one day doing eventing would be so much fun and I could take a lot of pride in it but I have also thought the same thing of western disciplines (although I have none that I am particularly aiming for). Of course I have plenty of time to decide and I have a LOT of work and training before I should focus on a particular discipline but I would like to finally decided on one of the two broad spectrums..so if anybody has any advice or personal stories they would like to share, please feel free because I think that now I need a bit of convincing. Thanks a bunch!

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    02-12-2013, 09:30 AM
You sound like me. I never truly decided on one discipline. I love jumping. I love the dynamics of dressage. I love the rugged western games. I go through phases which makes it difficult for me to really chose a goal and stay focused.

I have no advice other than to be the jack of all trades but the master of none. My instructor called me that and it was right on. You gain so much more experience switching back and forth between disciplines. If you train in it all, you can do it all and become a professional. But you didn't put enough focus into one particular discilpline to be a "master" of it.

If I DID have advice, I'd say to make yourself stick with a particular discipline for at least a couple years to get a solid foundation in it before switching again. Maybe if you know more about one, you'll find a favorite.
    02-12-2013, 09:32 AM
Why not take a few lessons in both to help you decide? You can also attend local shows in both english and western to see if one appeals to you more then the other.
    02-12-2013, 09:57 AM
Jack of all trades? Haha I like the sound of that! But as it goes with lessons, I have. I took a few here in Sweden (which is 99% english riding) and back in Canada where Western in more common.
    02-12-2013, 11:14 AM
Many of the girls at my barn ride both English and Western and also show both. No where does it say you only have to pick one!
    02-12-2013, 11:19 AM
We call it "Wenglish"!
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    02-12-2013, 11:34 AM
Originally Posted by Copperhead    
We call it "Wenglish"!
Haha that is awesome! And I suppose that there is no harm in doing both! Although I would like to think that one day I could compete in some low level eventing.
    02-12-2013, 11:38 AM
There's absolutely no harm in doing both. In fact, it's never bad to learn different things, and riding is no exception.

I'm an English gal all the way, but that's only because you learn best what you learn first, and I was thrown in with Arabian show people very early on who were English riders.

I enjoy watching Western events, but have no desire to actually do any of them.
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