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    12-05-2011, 10:05 PM
  #1
Foal
I'm stuck in a western saddle, but my heart is always in an english one.

I ride western. I don't rodeo or anything, I just ride on trails and in the arena for fun. I'm going to start taking lessons though with a trainer. I have a 3 year old, and i'm told he's going to make a kick butt barrel horse.



But i'm always dreaming about eventing.

I'd LOVE to do 3 day eventing.

I want to learn.

Dressage, everything.

I think it's so beautiful.



My father thinks english riding is horrible, (i'm 16) and to dangerous and won't let me ride english.



Help on this situation?
     
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    12-05-2011, 10:21 PM
  #2
Started
Up till about 2 weeks ago, I've been religiously western. It's just how I was raised, team roping, barrel racing, chasing cows, I love it.

But, then again, I could never stay away from watching jumping and eventing. I even tried jumping bareback a few times.

And then my boss let me borrow her English saddle. I've rode in it 3 times now, and I really like it. My dad thinks it's all BS, and that I shouldn't be doing it, but it's my horse that I broke, so why can't I ride it English? He also thinks that collection is stupid, so he's a real Simple Sam.

English riding isn't much harder than western, I've found so far. I don't see why your dad finds it dangerous. Ride bareback for a while and build up a good seat so he can see that you are a good rider and he might let you give it a shot.
     
    12-05-2011, 10:43 PM
  #3
Foal
Thank you:)
Glad to see i'm not the only one.
     
    12-05-2011, 11:02 PM
  #4
Started
I'm glad to be of some support! Lemme know how it goes :)
     
    12-06-2011, 06:16 PM
  #5
Showing
I suppose a western saddle has more to grab onto but if you have a sturdy seat you'll be fine English. It's just a different style :) Everything is just as challenging. But it definitely helps to have someone experienced help you if you do dip into English riding.

I love it.. and I love western. I definitely recommend double dipping!
     
    12-06-2011, 06:23 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by meganishername    
I ride western. I don't rodeo or anything, I just ride on trails and in the arena for fun. I'm going to start taking lessons though with a trainer. I have a 3 year old, and i'm told he's going to make a kick butt barrel horse.



But i'm always dreaming about eventing.

I'd LOVE to do 3 day eventing.

I want to learn.

Dressage, everything.

I think it's so beautiful.



My father thinks english riding is horrible, (i'm 16) and to dangerous and won't let me ride english.



Help on this situation?
I'm in the same boat - except I like western a lot, but I also want to ride English. And I'm 13. ;P
Just don't listen to him. Bad advice in general, IK, but still. If that's what you want to do, why not just do it! My parents don't particularly like English riders or riding much - mainly because they know nothing about it because nobody in our area does English, SO I taught myself and my horse to jump bareback and a little bit ago I got a cheapy English saddle to give it a try! My parents are just glad I'm not jumping bareback anymore so eventually they supported it! ;)
     
    12-06-2011, 07:13 PM
  #7
Green Broke
Two of the strongest forces in the world...

A mothers love for her son, and a fathers love for his daughter.

I know it's hard to understand, but you will one day.
     
    12-06-2011, 09:01 PM
  #8
Foal
Omygosh. I know how you feel. Where I live theres no horse stuff around at all it sucks I just ride trails w a western saddle but iv always loved english. I grew up watching the saddle club an iv always wanted to beable to board at a barn an ride english I want to show jump sooo bad. English pretty much doesnt even exsist(sp) to my dad. I traded a pocket knife for an english jumping saddle I love it, I don't use it much cause my horse hates it but I know how you feel. My dad dosnt care of I use it thou. English isnt hard, just don't dead stop. Lol, ull go over the front if your not redy for it.im 17 btw id love to talk to you more.
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    12-11-2011, 10:59 AM
  #9
Foal
Thumbs down stuck in western saddle

I am having the exact opposite problem. I have always ridden english and am now trying to switch to western. You can convince your Dad differently. I did my Mother yrs. Ago. Don't argue with him just do like one of the other responders said. Try bareback first in a very safe environment and make sure your Dad can see you. He'll come around. My mother didn't even want me anywhere NEAR horses. They scared her until I started getting on any horse I could find behind her back. I don't suggest you do that however. It always backfires I was just lucky. Good Luck. TB Lover
     
    12-11-2011, 11:42 AM
  #10
Green Broke
Get a synthetic Aussi saddle, get the security of western, and ride it like a dressage saddle.
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