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post #1 of 15 Old 09-27-2013, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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To try English or not - that is the question!

In July I picked up an OTTB sight unseen. His registered name is Nene (haha!) if that means anything to any of you ( So, far he doesn’t have a name, but I’m leaning toward Puck, what do you all think? J He’s off the track because they thought he pulled one of his suspensorys. I had the vet out, we blocked both front legs and ultra sounded and all he could find was sore front feet. He’s a vet who also (luckily) works at the track that Nene/Puck just got pulled from, so he told me that said track is notorious for having pretty crappy/hard ground, so my 8 year old, is pretty lucky that, that is all that’s wrong with him. He said a lot of horses get put down there, leave with slab fractures, ring bone, broken bones and suspensorys. So, Nene/Puck (whatever I decide his name to be!) got pretty dang lucky!

Anywho, I’ve always been a stock horse gal, and I ride a reiner, so a big, stream line fella such as Nene/Puck is a whole new ball game for me. He is getting 90 days off for his feet. But after he will be worked into western riding (that’s all I know), but having a sort of, in a way, ‘Englishy’ horse now, is giving me a little, smidgen of muse to potentially try English lessons. I feel that it would only make me better as a horseman, right?

What do you all think? Yay? Or Ney?

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post #2 of 15 Old 09-27-2013, 10:39 AM
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Learning different disciplines can only be beneficial to you as a rider. There's no such think as too much knowledge.
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Yes, and yeah! It is hard to go wrong expanding your horizons and learning new things. I think you will find that English lessons will make you a better western rider, and western lessons can make an English rider better.

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post #4 of 15 Old 09-27-2013, 10:54 AM
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English will definitely give you a different perspective. It's worth a go, as far as I can see. Your boy is lovely!
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post #5 of 15 Old 09-27-2013, 09:14 PM
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Try it! You might love it. I came from the opposite direction, took lessons in eventing all through high school and just recently got addicted to gymkhana with my Haflinger filly. I've been taking lessons in Western events from a friend, and feel like a better-rounded rider for it. And it's always fun to learn new things! If I were you, I'd try to find a friendly trainer with experience in both English and Western so they've got some perspective on where you're coming from. :)

Also, Puck is an awesome name, especially for a horse with such apparent energy. Best of luck with his healing period, and have fun with him!
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post #6 of 15 Old 09-27-2013, 10:45 PM
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He's beautiful and he looks like he has a lot of spirit so I think Puck would be fitting. As long as he doesn't get as mischievous as his namesake that is, lol. As far as trying something different, I say go for it! Worst thing that will happen is you will decide you don't like it and you can always switch back. :)
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post #7 of 15 Old 09-29-2013, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! I'm nervous, as I feel that it is so far out of my element. Haha
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post #8 of 15 Old 09-29-2013, 12:37 PM
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Thanks guys! I'm nervous, as I feel that it is so far out of my element. Haha
Then ride him western, if you really aren't interested in an English style.

Many of the ranch horses in much of the west are TB or TB crosses. They have good endurance, and as long as they also have good legs and general conformation, they work well for us. Frequently they are off a track. Often a good deal as they already have the basics in training and can be purchased at a low cost. My newest horse is TB, as are several of the ones owned jointly on the ranch.

I do throw my hunt seat or polo saddle on a horse while doing ranch work if I don't want to rope with a certain crew or individual. If I think they lack the skills I want in a partner.

Whatever you decide, enjoy your new horse!
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post #9 of 15 Old 09-29-2013, 04:04 PM
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Go ahead and try the english lessons. Which ever one you try is going to be a big change for Puck, so you might as well give him a chance at each and see what he likes better.
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