08-07-2012, 03:46 PM
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Absolutely do both! I think you can learn a lot from both. I started my first lessons on jumpers at 5/6 years old, then moved to Saddlebreds and rode saddleseat pleasure and equitation from about 8 until I was in college. I rode western at camps in the summer time and then broke my last horse before the one now in both western and saddleseat. My horse now is broke western.. I'm seriously considering throwing a saddleseat saddle on her and teaching her both. I think it's great to learn different disciplines and techniques!!! Makes for a more rounded horseman.. and horse.