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  • Switching western to dressage
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    01-19-2011, 08:22 AM
  #1
Foal
Unhappy Thinking about switching permanately.

You see, I usually ride english. I was getting lessons and my horse and I were improving. I did some stupid things and have t leave the barn i'm at. Now **I live in the city**and it's a little difficult to find barns at an affordable price, that is english and western friendly. I've only come across one barn close enough (within 15-20 min. Away at most) and possible cheap enough but it's strictly a western barn. Now Here is my story:

I bought my horse when we lived in the country. She was bred for barrel racing and that's what she was trained for. I didn't know much of anything when I got Diamond, and tought herself and myself how to jump. We've jumped as high as 3'9" before (only one jump, but we went over it several times). In so many words, we've made a LOT of progress. I love dressage and wanted to do it professionally. Now I'm not so sure. You see I would do barrel racing with Diamond occasionally for a "fun" ride. It's fun, and I like it, but I love dressage. I just feel like maybe it's a dream that's a little too big to keep trying for. I would need a LOT of dressage lessons and Diamond would need some professional training. NONE of which I can afford. So I wasthinking about giving up my dream of dressage and switching to western. And the reason I say permanately is because I'll always go through fases of riding western for a week or so, and then go back to english. But this time seems different. It seems permanent. We're good at barrel racing, and I feel like it's something we could accomplish, but dressage... I feel like it might be a waste of time. That's i'd take it so hard.. so anyway, I just kinda wanted to vent, and see what you western riders thought? I just can't imagine riding like anything other than a dressage rider.. Sorry it's so long, and sorry to bother you with my green horn problems If you actually read the entire thing, i'd love some input- other then pursue your dreams, you never know what'll happen. I've heard that one too many times to believe it.
     
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    01-19-2011, 08:34 AM
  #2
Trained
Maybe try reining-it is like the western version of dressage.....
     
    01-19-2011, 08:43 AM
  #3
Foal
Yeah, I've heard that frank- And considered it. I would do reining as well as speed events, but it's more broad than just one specific sport. Thanks for the answer! Kudos fo reading it all! :]
     
    01-19-2011, 08:33 PM
  #4
Weanling
Honestly, it takes time, money and training/lessons to be competitive in ANY dicipline. Though, I do agree... english type barns and trainers in my area seem to be more expensive that the western type ones.

If you love dressage so much, don't give it up forever! Just give it up temporarily. Put the professional part of it on hold for a few years. Sell your horse and save your money so that you can buy a more finished dressage horse that you can take lessons on. It's much easier to learn on a finished horse. It's hard to teach yourself and your horse at the same time.

You need to ask your self what's more important to you and lay out some goals.

=)
     
    01-20-2011, 11:36 AM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by OneFastHorse    
Honestly, it takes time, money and training/lessons to be competitive in ANY dicipline. Though, I do agree... english type barns and trainers in my area seem to be more expensive that the western type ones.

If you love dressage so much, don't give it up forever! Just give it up temporarily. Put the professional part of it on hold for a few years. Sell your horse and save your money so that you can buy a more finished dressage horse that you can take lessons on. It's much easier to learn on a finished horse. It's hard to teach yourself and your horse at the same time.

You need to ask your self what's more important to you and lay out some goals.

=)
Thanks OneFastHorse, that's really good advice, but that's just it!
I've been really considering it, and Diamond LOVES to run, she's good at it, and she's trained for it. And although I love dressage, I love Diamond more, and I can't make myself sell her. I'd die.
     
    01-20-2011, 12:59 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by DiamondsMyLady    
Thanks OneFastHorse, that's really good advice, but that's just it!
I've been really considering it, and Diamond LOVES to run, she's good at it, and she's trained for it. And although I love dressage, I love Diamond more, and I can't make myself sell her. I'd die.
Theres your answer then.

Barrels is a lot of fun !
     
    01-20-2011, 03:07 PM
  #7
Trained
Then learn barrels now. Get some books or DVDs about cross training using dressage principles, and dedicate some time each month to cross training. Good riding remains good riding, and you can emphasize dressage later - when you'll probably have more money, and may live where it is easier to find instruction.
     
    01-20-2011, 03:38 PM
  #8
Weanling
Is there any reason why you can't ride english at a western barn? I've always kind of put having my horses first over a lot of fancy professional imput, and I've pretty much gotten as far in riding as a lot of people that I know who have shovelled money out of the window for "trainers" that weren't worth 2 cents in the long run. I mean, you could continue to work on your dressage, maybe attend a few clinics to keep you going in the right direction, as long as you have a basic place to ride. Just because it's a western barn doesn't mean you can't ride in an english saddle- or am I missing something?

I am sort of in the same predicament. I live in the northeast, love arabs, and want to do endurance. There isn't much in the way of endurance, most people frown on arabs, and the only thing for lessons is jumping :( I've just always done my own thing and try to continually become a better rider and trainer. I guess the difference is that I just ride for fun and hobby, and although it is my entire life, I don't want to make a living off of it because I think that would corrupt the simple pleasures of owning a horse. If you're in it for competition, then your path would be different than mine, but that is my best advice.

Good luck!
     
    01-20-2011, 09:13 PM
  #9
Foal
Thanks everyone for your input. I could ride english at a western barn, but there's quite a bit of problems Diamond and I have that I can't fix on my own.
     
    01-20-2011, 09:15 PM
  #10
Foal
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Originally Posted by OneFastHorse    
Theres your answer then.

Barrels is a lot of fun !
I see you live in PA too! Where in PA, if that's not too creepy :]
     

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