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post #1 of 12 Old 03-01-2012, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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I was wondering if you switched?

Okay so I know some people that switch disiplines after they were really good when they were older. My friends mom was amazing at barrel racing and pole bending now she's amazing at derssage and hasnt barrel race in the past 8 years!

And I know a exreiner that was amazing beautiful horses and now she's derssage also. But looking at getting into westren again!

Who else changed? And why?
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post #2 of 12 Old 03-01-2012, 10:07 PM
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LOL

I used to be great at riding BFE trails bareback on a half crazy horse intersperced with cattle drives and ranch work - all of which was done bareback.


Some randon number of decades/years later I am now 'mature' and ride sane horses at a walk down easy trails - with the occasional medieval recreation. I have also gotten into calm drives down the road in a cart. A complete 180 from where I was as a kid, sort of. Well, I am a lot slower now, and this horse will walk - oh, and I actually use a saddle.

I am sorry - this really was not your question. Please forgive me sticking my nose in, but I needed a smile!!
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post #3 of 12 Old 03-01-2012, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Haha that's okay my moms like that too. She rode a crazy horse racing her brothers and now won't go faster then a walk. I got her to agree to barrel race\pole bend our 3 year old paint this summer... probley at a walk... haha
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I used to ride western all the time... I did a crapton of stuff; trail, western pleasure, barrel racing, gymkhanas, etc.... But then I took a couple English lessons, decided I liked it, and took some more! Then I discovered eventing and there was no going back! I'm hooked!

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post #5 of 12 Old 03-02-2012, 02:55 AM
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I predominantly ride western. But I switch to English every so often. But I jump western also. I just do everything in my big ole' saddle. I would never jump English yet but its coming. So yes. I was western then English then western again. But still occasionally English. Not saying I'm any good or anything but hey the best is yet to come.

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post #6 of 12 Old 03-02-2012, 10:27 AM
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I wouldn't say that I switched, more that I expanded the disciplines I ride. I grew up as a Western trail rider, fell in love with my uncle's reining horses at an early age, started English and dressage a few years back, and started to dabble in cutting last summer. Last year I started training my dressage mare on the barrels, though gaming isn't something that's a primary discipline for me. This year, Excel and I are beginning our eventing career. I'm totally at home in a Western saddle still, but I do a lot more English.
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post #7 of 12 Old 03-02-2012, 05:10 PM
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^ yea, I never switched either...I have done hunt seat, western, dressage, saddleseat, jumping, cross country. I believe in being a well rounded rider.
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post #8 of 12 Old 03-02-2012, 05:20 PM
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My only interests are dressage and later on down the road, eventing.

There are other english disciplines that hold no appeal to me.

Western sports don't hold much appeal to me either, and it's not because of the tack.

If, however, someone offered me their horse with western tack to go hacking around, I wouldn't say no.
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post #9 of 12 Old 03-02-2012, 05:31 PM
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I grew up riding stock horses and riding gymkhanas. When I left home I switched to eventing and now I adore dressage. I've recently (today) discovered that Lyric LOVES to jump so... who knows what's in store!?

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post #10 of 12 Old 03-02-2012, 05:34 PM
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I started out riding Western and never really felt secure in the saddle. I tried my hand at a few western events, but never found my niche. My riding instructor decided to give me a few lessons in an English saddle and that was it. I felt like I was glued to the saddle, I felt like I had better communication with the horse... I just began to like riding that much more. I will still ride in a western saddle from time to time, but I prefer my english saddle.
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