I've been riding for 15 years, and have done both jumping and dressage. I've been strictly English my whole life, doing dressage for the past 8 years and jumping before that.
For a while now I've been wanting to learn a bit about western riding, as I think it'd be great to have at least a working knowledge of this different style. I was given a paint horse recently, and plan to work with him to build up my experience and knowledge of western riding, and am wondering if anyone has any tips as far as which discipline to start with, and how I would go about finding a good trainer in this area? What do I look for? What are warning signs of a poor western trainer?
I don't want to do any showing, I'm really interested in the more 'practical' skills (for lack of a better description) such as those that would be useful should I ever work on a cattle ranch, or anything like that.
Any other tips would be greatly appreciated!