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post #1 of 21 Old 12-10-2013, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Do you ride in more than one discipline?

I'm really trying to get into endurance with my mare. Unfortunately, there are not many rides within a reasonable distance, and the one that was nearby I was stuck working!

There is another in March that I am praying to make it to. Will also give me plenty of time to get my mare back in shape (winter is messing us up a bit!) and ready for a 25 miler!

But, because endurance rides appear to be few and far in between for me, I'm wanting to get into something else; I recently started (restarted?) taking lessons. This time with a goal of hunter/jumper and maybe low levels of eventing (the little stuff!). Seemed like a fun, all around discipline choice for me and my mare to do along side endurance!

We have a long way to go, a lot to learn as the jumping world is totally new to me, and I need to get back into the swing of lessons! I'm afraid I've picked up my bad habits from taking a break from weekly lessons (I still get a "chair seat"), but hopefully I'll get it soon!

Just curious! Do you ride in more than one discipline/sport? Do you compete in different disciplines?

(oh, and any tips on someone totally new to jumping would be nice! )

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post #2 of 21 Old 12-10-2013, 10:22 PM
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I compete english and western equitation and pleasure classes. Once in awhile when I feel brave (I am chicken bones about jumping), I will do a low hunter class.

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post #3 of 21 Old 12-10-2013, 10:22 PM
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Yep! I show all around so I compete in halter, showmanship, hus/english pleasure, english eq, western pleasure, western eq, and trail.

Separate from showing I also ride on a drill team.

I also dabble in barrels (not as much anymore since I sold my barrel horse) and cow work. I think it's good to be a well rounded rider and to mix things up for your horse.
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post #4 of 21 Old 12-10-2013, 10:40 PM
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Yup, I sure do trail, western pleasure and dressage.
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post #5 of 21 Old 12-10-2013, 11:22 PM
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When I used to show I did western pleasure, barrels, english pleasure, halter, and a little jumping class (I only did that for fun though and never placed because my mare had a habit of running through the jumps instead of jumping). I did all of these on my mare.

I don't compete anymore but I ride WP/recreational western, (trying to get into the faster stuff again with my mare but no one around here does cattle work anymore :p), I also ride english and dressage and trail.

Personally I believe that it makes a better rider and horse to do as many disciplines as you can. Some may not agree but I think you can take something from every other discipline to improve your work in your 'main' discipline. (like use jumping to help a WP horse in some area).
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post #6 of 21 Old 12-10-2013, 11:37 PM
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I have dappled in a few things I've shown primarily at breed shows but also enjoy trail riding I've done Speed events{barrels/poles/ stake} tried goat tying & breakaway roping once each Cattle penning a few times & other than that interests lies in WP,HUS,Trail SMS & halter So tried a few things,one day I'd like to do some jumping
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post #7 of 21 Old 12-11-2013, 01:19 AM
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I rode Western to start (still do), with a bit of hunt seat, sold my QH and got a Walker, rode exclusively Saddleseat for about 4 years. Then trail rode competitively, and for a job, now doing mostly Dressage and just trail riding for fun, also still show Hunt and Saddleseat and Western. :)
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post #8 of 21 Old 12-12-2013, 03:35 PM
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I grew up on a ranch riding western and started riding English in my early teens, there is nothing wrong with riding in more that one discipline and I feel that it makes for more rounded horse and rider.
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post #9 of 21 Old 12-12-2013, 03:54 PM
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I ride western and had ridden english. I've jumped, done gymkhana, driven and tried dressage once.

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post #10 of 21 Old 12-13-2013, 12:01 AM
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OMG yes haha! I used to rodeo (when I had a QH - my first horse that passed away several years ago now) and we did barrels and poles and cutting and team penning. I have a QH-rescue baby that is started under saddle and hopefully will get big enough for me to rodeo again. I have several other horses as well and I event, do some dressage (though don't really compete), fox hunt, hunter pace, trail ride, go camping with my one horse, do jumpers, and hunters. Little bit of everything haha! I always wanted to get into endurance with my trail horse bc he's an off the track arab and can go all day but I don't have the time, and he's older now (19) and I don't want to push him either bc he's had some back issues. My friend does endurance (she's on these boards too) and I know it's a TON of work and conditioning to do it right, and I definitely don't have the time or experience for that so I'll still to (all the other) disciplines I do know more about :)

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