I rode a little bit growing up because my cousins had horses. I rode by myself sometimes, but also spent a considerable amount of time in what my trainer called the "rumble seat". My cousins had a few stubborn ponies, and a big horse that was part thoroughbred and part QH, who loved to run. We could go awfully fast with me hanging on to the back of that saddle. Lol.
I have been wanting to do something for myself. We recently moved and it turns out that we're smack-dab in the middle of horse country, so I am treating myself to riding lessons! I just had my second lesson and got to trot (in a circle in a lunge line).
My cousins rode Western, but I have started with English, mainly because I just sort of fell into the barn where I'm taking lessons and that's what they do, and I think it will be a fun challenge. My trainer does mainly huntseat equitation and jumping. I'm still learning what that all means. I had always thought English was...well, just English! I'm uncertain if I will try jumping or not, but certainly have plenty of time before I make that decision. The trainer I'm working with likes to work slowly to build a solid foundation, and is willing to work not only with people who show, but also with people who just want to enjoy their horse, so there will be no pressure from her to have a goal I am not comfortable with.
One thing I LOVE is that she letting me get the horse ready and out it away. I get to brush her and clean her feet and everything! She's still helping me put on the saddle, and she'll be doing the bit/bridle for several more lessons, but eventually I'll do that too. I also get to brush the horse after riding and put her away, and next week she'll teach me how to clean the tack.
The people at the barn are very friendly and welcoming -- not at all intimidating. There are even a few barn cats. I'm about as giddy as a 10 year old about the whole thing. Lol. Well, that is probably enough for now.