I recently got my first horse and I am a pretty new rider. I took lots of lessons when I was young but don't remember much. My horse is an 8 year old professionally trained Paso Fino from a champion bloodline. I got her to just ride for fun and I would maybe like to eventually show her and maybe even do some jumping. I got her because I went to high school with the girl who shows and breeds them etc. and I know she came from a great place and has been well taken care of. Now I am trying to decide what direction I want to go with riding and I need some help.
I am more interested in English riding than Western riding but I have done a lot of reading about Pasos and both riding styles, and from what I understand, a gaited horse can't be shown in an English style show because they don't trot or canter and they can be ridden saddle seat but not hunt seat because you can't post on a gaited horse which is a part of hunt seat riding, but they can still do jumping and be ridden english style?
Based on that being true,Since its been so long since I've ridden and I've never ridden English, I am looking for someone (or a place I can go to take classes) to teach me the basics of English riding and jumping. Or just someone who knows a lot about Paso Finos and the correct way to ride them. I really need some brush up lessons, but I'm not sure what kind of lessons would be best to lead me in the direction I want to go in. Most places that I have found offer hunt seat or saddle seat lessons but don't work with paso finos. I have read a lot about a bad rider confusing a horse by riding incorrectly and also that teaching a gaited horse to trot/canter is not a good idea because they can stop doing their smooth gait. Am I better off to stick to riding western? My main concerns are to make sure I am riding correctly but I would also like to do jumping eventually. What should I do?
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