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.