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post #11 of 26 Old 10-10-2008, 01:56 AM
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get out there and try some western events!!!
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post #12 of 26 Old 10-11-2008, 12:15 AM
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See, Ginger. I am the exact opposite. I see my flat cutback as "Comfy, and Secure" while this big Western Saddle that I can barely get on my horse(okay, I lack upper body strength) is too bulky under my legs, and is not very comfortable. It IS getting better though. I am getting used to it! How funny!

One word of advice for the OP... don't try it once. Set yourself up to actually TRY it. Don't get in the saddle and say "This is weird, I'm going back." Stick with it for a little while. And don't be afraid to sink back to your comfort zone during your trial period. I think the only thing that has kept me sane is being able to go back and ride mine in between my lessons.

i agree really TRY IT before you decide. the first time i rode western i was sore sore sore! but now im getting more use to the bulkiness and security of the western saddle as i was use to the skimpy small english saddles.

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post #13 of 26 Old 10-18-2008, 08:08 PM
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Yeah, I would try different kinds of western, or if you want to be a more versatile rider you should try English.

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post #14 of 26 Old 10-18-2008, 08:35 PM
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I agree with the general consensus here. At least try it. I am myself a big western fan and don't find it boring as there are so many different things to do with it. But on the other hand to keep yourself from getting bored, I suggest you try to vary your western "routine" as much as possible and try everything you can/want to with it. Trail rides are my favorite. And trail class, barrels, pole bending, etc etc etc. But I do think to be a more well rounded rider you could and probably should take some english lessons for a while, especially since you are obviously interested in it and have the opportunity.

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post #15 of 26 Old 10-21-2008, 12:30 PM
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Welcome to the forum!

Have you tried:
Reining
Cutting
Sorting
Equitation
Trail (as in obstacle)
Pole bending
Barrel racing
Calf Roping
Team Roping
Pleasure

There is a lot to do Western! Personally I went the other way 20 years ago; starting out English and went Western. English isn't harder it's just different and typically more formal.

Good luck with your decision!
i agree....you can also convert to english and then master the best of both worlds! thats what i did. how rude of me welcome!

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post #16 of 26 Old 10-21-2008, 04:45 PM
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I second what has been said: TRY IT! Since I grew up in Europe I grew up riding English. Western started getting a foot in the door when I was leaving. However I came over to the US and started doing Western, I wanted to see what it's all about. Let me tell you, the hardest thing for me is the difference in rein use: In Western you do almost no rein work -all legs. It's pretty scary from English -where you "micromanage" (how my trainer calls it ) your horse with the rains to barely anyhting in Western. It's hard giving up that control, but its getting better Since you go the opposite you might find it oppositely interesting But do try, the more you learn and the more different ways you learn you will be able to find your own style that might be a mix of different styles. It can change your perspective on everything and is definetly fun, since its a challenge. Good luck! Keep us updated!
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post #17 of 26 Old 10-22-2008, 03:25 AM
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I agree with everyone else I think you should try everything at least once

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post #18 of 26 Old 10-22-2008, 01:24 PM
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I also wanted to add: Riding Western has made me understand riding English better - if that makes any sense. Maybe it's just that I have good trainer though
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post #19 of 26 Old 10-22-2008, 02:50 PM
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Try it. Only you can judge if it was worthwhile or not. But I really doubt you know EVERYTHING about western. There's just soooooo much to be done...
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post #20 of 26 Old 10-22-2008, 06:26 PM
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i would like to try it too..I was wondering if it might help me balance a bit better

im sure you might benefit from knowing some of both forms of riding..I always thought there was probably tricks from the english trade i needed to know to maybe become a better rider all around

so yeah..give it a go

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