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        10-03-2009, 01:08 PM
    Riding Lessons.

    So when I was 10 yrs old, I started doing english riding lessons.
    I've always wanted to do jumping, and I started wanting to do barrel racing or pole bending too.
    I always tend to ride english even when im riding western lol, just little mistakes.
    Anyways, I've finally persuaded my dad enough to see if he can get my grandma to put me in riding lessons again, because my grandma wants to pay for my figure skating, but I don't want to do those anymore, I only did them because they were something other than horse back riding, skating that I loved.
    There are riding barns and stuff around our house, about 20 minutes away.
    So my biggest decision is to see if I want to do western or english ? BEcause I don't know which one I want to do !
    Twister, Who is unbroke, but is able to get a saddle on her and stuff like that, is my horse, and im probably going to train her western, but english would probably look nice on her too, if she cleans up pretty nice.
    What do you think ?
    I can't make this decison by myself lol, I've always leaned more to riding english and I've also wanted to maybe try dressage.
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        10-03-2009, 01:43 PM
    ENGLISH! Haha that's what I would pick but that's only cause I have been riding english all my life :) jumping is super fun and so is dressage! However you have to make a decision on what you think you will enjoy more, staying on the flat with western or flying over some fences in english :)
        10-03-2009, 02:00 PM
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    I think its good to learn both. But that may not be an option to you.
    Honestly, I would go with english, because english really teaches you how to 'feel' your horses movement, and you have to learn to balance in an english saddle quicker, or you will fall off because there is nothing to hold onto.
    Westen is not much different from english at all. Other then the saddle. So you can use what you have learned for english, and use it in a western saddle.
    That's what I did anyways.. I used to jump and it helped me tremendously! With balance, and getting the correct positioning, ect.

    I vote english. Even though, I ride western!
        10-03-2009, 09:35 PM
    Lol thank you both, even I always vote english, and actually english is abit more fast paced and up beat, I guess ill put it than english, where in western its abit more slow, and low and you get it rofl ?

    I think I would probably progress more in english anyways, since I did english lessons already and have a pretty good grasp on it (:

    But then should I train my horse twister to do english ?

    I also believe balance wont be an issue for me lol :) I ride bareback all the time, when I ride since I don't have a saddle yet, and can lope bareback (:
    Usually I don't like using the horn of a western saddle as a safety grasp.

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