Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Middle of Nowhere, Saskatchewan
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.