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post #1 of 10 Old 03-15-2012, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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Multiple Discipline Riders

A lot of people have told me that I should choose what discipline I want to ride and stick with that one and not ride two completely different ones at the same time because it'll just make me a "worse rider" [I think they were talking about my position ]. I ride and compete in both dressage and jumping [some local Eq shows according to the horse for fun] and barrel race. I have a dressage horse and a barrel horse, so they don't get "confused" at what they're job is or get ridden into the ground. I compete them both competitively and place well with both; I got champion last year with my dressage pony and reserve with my barrel horse.
Is there a reason why people say to stick with one discipline? Other then the cost of it.
Also is there any other "rebels" like me that like the fancy pants dressage ring but love the speed of barrels too? Or any other multiple discipline riders?

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post #2 of 10 Old 03-15-2012, 11:37 PM
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I think if you compete it may be a better idea to stick with one or multiple ones that compliment each other. Just to make it better for focusing and improving yourself. But if you feel like you can handle it, I don't see why not! I know enough people that get stressed just with one discipline lol

I really don't see how you can ruin your set by riding in different styles... Maybe if you get lazy and mush them all into one I can see how maybe you can pick up bad habits, but if you have a trainer or someone to instruct you I don't see a downside at all.

Personally I would describe myself as having no discipline haha. I had some training when I was younger in english style, but for years I have just kinda done my own thing using a western saddle. I would need a lot of training in specifically english or western if I was to go to choose one.
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post #3 of 10 Old 03-15-2012, 11:41 PM
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If you can ride both well and can divide equal amounts of time and dedication into them I would ride both...It just makes you an all around rider and you aren't stuck one way or another..You can ride both now and even down the road if you decide to stick with on or the other you can..There are many riders who ride both disciplines and do well..

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post #4 of 10 Old 03-15-2012, 11:46 PM
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Oh man if I had the money to do EVERY discipline (except cross country... Don't have the guts!) I would do it in a heart beat! I think as long as you have proper training in all of those areas, then it will make you a better rider in the long run. A friend of mine (my trainers daughter, been riding her whole life) went from horsemanship, to showmanship, to HUS, to hunt seat, back to the western and trail, to the hunters, back to the HUS, then to the hunters and HUS/HSE, and now she's doing both the HUS and HSE on one horse and reining on another, THEN barrel racing/roping/all the rodeo events on another. Honestly, she's a fantastic rider.

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I am not overly competitive anymore but I trained my mare to be a hunter/jumper, then after moving to a multiple discipline barn I was introduced to extreme cowboy challenge, it's really fun and a great relaxed friendly environment show wise and my English mare seems to really love to have a bit of a change up some days :-p, the two disciplines (jumper vs western) are SO different my mare knows what we will be doing that day the minute I pull out the saddle haha, that being said I am more on the line of a pleasue rider now so she doesn't get over worked with the two different types and I find the two are SO different it's hard to "mix" up styles well riding.

I say if your have the time, energy and horse power you should do as many different disciplines as you would like some people are just very one track minded and don't like the idea of people "flip flopping" around, but I say ignore those folk as long as you and your horses are happy and healthy, it isn't any of their business
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post #6 of 10 Old 03-16-2012, 12:27 AM
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What a bunch of bullspit. If you are balanced and light while riding, no matter what discipline you are doing, then doing more disciplines that are different will, like DR said, make you a well rounded rider...and a better rider.

If you can ride your barrel horses with the same finesse and discipline as you do with your dressage horses, it will make you a better horsemen and you'll always have better horses. If you can sit a hard rate and turn on a good barrel horse, it will make the jumping seem easier, even if a horse refuses.

Every moment you spend on a horse, if you are attentive to what you are doing, will make you a better rider. How many strict dressage riders do you think could go and successfully run a barrel pattern, even on a made horse? How many of those yank-n-kick barrel racers would be able to ride a dressage horse of any caliber?

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post #8 of 10 Old 03-16-2012, 07:19 AM
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Let'a see....dressage, WP, hunter, a little jumping to keep it interesting and cow sorting all on the same horse only makes me and my horse better! Keeps his mind sharp.
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Oh man if I had the money to do EVERY discipline (except cross country... Don't have the guts!) I would do it in a heart beat! I think as long as you have proper training in all of those areas, then it will make you a better rider in the long run. A friend of mine (my trainers daughter, been riding her whole life) went from horsemanship, to showmanship, to HUS, to hunt seat, back to the western and trail, to the hunters, back to the HUS, then to the hunters and HUS/HSE, and now she's doing both the HUS and HSE on one horse and reining on another, THEN barrel racing/roping/all the rodeo events on another. Honestly, she's a fantastic rider.

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This year I'm thinking about trying low level cross country, to put it nicely I'm a little nervous taking my spazzy little 14.3hh Appy mare.
Oh wow she's done everything!

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If you can ride your barrel horses with the same finesse and discipline as you do with your dressage horses, it will make you a better horsemen and you'll always have better horses. If you can sit a hard rate and turn on a good barrel horse, it will make the jumping seem easier, even if a horse refuses.
Every moment you spend on a horse, if you are attentive to what you are doing, will make you a better rider. How many strict dressage riders do you think could go and successfully run a barrel pattern, even on a made horse? How many of those yank-n-kick barrel racers would be able to ride a dressage horse of any caliber?
I train all my barrel horses with basic dressage and make sure they "keep they're heads". I went to a barrel show last year and was warming up and one of the riders said "this isn't a dressage show" as her and her high headed hot horse cantered by. I almost died laughing after I beat her and saw her face.

I know what you mean with the barrel racers; I just want to say "get off your horses d*mn mouth and he might run better!"


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Let'a see....dressage, WP, hunter, a little jumping to keep it interesting and cow sorting all on the same horse only makes me and my horse better! Keeps his mind sharp.
I do the same with all my horses but only compete in one discipline or they'd have a show every weekend in a different discipline. My last barrel mare could jump 4ft perfectly but didn't really have the "heart" like she did with barrels.

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post #10 of 10 Old 03-16-2012, 05:32 PM
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I do both English and Western with my Gelding, we are doing really good because we can do English exercises to help improve are Western riding, and vice versa. Also, having a strong Dressage training and position/riding you can do great at any disicpline!

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