Hi. New here and new to riding. I'm trying to understand the differences between English and Western riding.
Growing up, my cousins had horses and rode Western, showing at their local fairs. I rode when we would visit them, but am realizing now that I was very much a "passenger" while riding as a a girl.
I am now newly taking lessons at a hunter/jumper barn. (New as in only on my third lesson today). This discipline was not a decision on my part, so much as the barn/trainer being recommended as someone who takes beginners. I think my trainer is going to be wonderful at teaching horsemanship in general. She teaches huntseat equitation (I think that's what it's called) and jumping.
This is all so new to me. I hadn't realized there were different disciplines within English riding. At the fairs, to me, they were the ones with the pretty clothes, who posted.
I guess my questions is, do people who ride English ever just ride? Or do you always ride in patterns or just to practice things with your horse? My cousins would do their training stuff, but would also just go ride in the fields surrounding their house. I guess that's what I was thinking of when I first wanted lessons -- being able to just ride around or something. Lol.
Also, I am learning two-point position. Is that used in all riding, or specific to English, or specific only to hunt seat?
Sorry, I realize my questions are rather vague. I do t even know enough to ask a solid question at this point.