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post #11 of 36 Old 04-28-2011, 02:32 PM
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I ride western and also do alot of bareback riding,But I am training my horse for trail riding,possibly mounted Search&Rescue,and later on when she is 4 or 5 I am gonna start her on barrel racing.

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post #12 of 36 Old 04-28-2011, 02:42 PM
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I ride English because thats what was taught at the barn closest to my house growing up. Love it though. I was into eventing through high school, then brought my horse to college and did a lot of trail riding, then graduated and just kind of hacked around a few years. For the last few years I've been working at dressage which is my favorite. It makes me feel like I'm REALLY connecting to the horse and I love that. I also think that there is no other feeling in the world when you have it right - its amazing. Like you can feel the power go through all of your muscles and recycle at your core. Sorry for being cheesy but I don't know how else to explain why I love it. I can't wait to get better at it!

I would totally try reigning if I had the chance. Looks like such a blast!
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post #13 of 36 Old 04-28-2011, 02:52 PM
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I am a reiner and reined cow horse person. "If you can slide why ride???" LOL That is my motto.

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post #14 of 36 Old 04-28-2011, 03:25 PM
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A little bit of everything. I don't like to stick to just one, and I hope to try everything at least once.

I started out western because thats what was the nearest, got started on Barrels and gymkhana from a young age. I still compete now and again and work on barrels when ever I feel like Jake needs a refresher. So I have rode western for 14 years now. I have done half the western diciplines, Western pleasure, trail (competition) and then basic trail riding. I have yet to do reining or cow events. I want to do team penning really bad.

I started riding english about...3 years ago? I have been doing a lot of work on balance and proper movement and cues. So I guess thats about as close to dressage as I have gotten though i would love to do it on a finished dressage horse. I currently am planning on competing in jumpers this summer and also get started into eventing. This has been my main focus this year.

I have not rode in a sidesaddle yet or done any driving or polo or racing. Those are all still on my list.
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post #15 of 36 Old 04-28-2011, 07:44 PM
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Started Western, then got involved with pony club when I was 9, then about 11 rode under my trainer doing some western but mostly english (jumper) till I was 17 and stuck with English on my own.

I would like to get back into reining or cutting again in the future.

Why? I don't own a western saddle lol. I am actually kind of struggling with deciding to see if my filly would be good under an English Discipline or a western one. I love the precision, dedication and hard work in dressage and reining. But I love the thrill of jumping. There are just to many fun options and I can't afford all that tack, trainers and horses at this moment lol

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post #16 of 36 Old 04-28-2011, 09:00 PM
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I've always ridden western..I run barrels and poles, but I also trail ride on our land alot..I've tried english and it was fun, it just wasn't for me. My aunt wanted me to stick with it because SHE thinks I'm good at it..not, I feel akward..I haven't ever even attempted dressage, WAY to complicated..BUT..
When I do get out of barrels (if I ever do, probably by force) I will move to reining..I LOVE IT..I've ridden a few reiners and Oh my, that's such a rush..I could spin all day..and what really hooked me with reining is the Stacey Westfall freestyle ride on the black horse for her dad..wow..left me speechless..But for right now it's barrels, barrels, barrels..Can't get enough of it..

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post #17 of 36 Old 04-28-2011, 09:09 PM
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I ride Western, and have rode a few years of English (though I doubt I could do so well anymore over those jumps, haha!). Thanks to the training from English riding, I feel I'm more balanced and composed on my Western saddle, but if a horse is bumpy at all I instantly post out of habit. Makes the ride smooth, and the horses never have complained. I started Western, and didn't even know English existed until I was about nine years old when I started. I have entered only one show, four classes. I gained a fifth, two sixth places, and forgot my final course so I didn't place at all. I was proud of myself.

I have since done a few fun shows with my old mare before she passed. We always placed in it, though we sucked at Western Pleasure. I'm a strong right handed person, so the whole "do it with your left hand" just peeved me.

I'm thinking about showing in something simple with my girl when she's a little older, but I'm not sure what. I don't know how to do much, so I'll probably pick halter so I don't have to relearn any balance or try to pick up a skill without an instructor. ;]

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post #18 of 36 Old 04-28-2011, 09:19 PM
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I ride english "by default" I have an english saddle, so thats what I use, but if I ever get my hands on a decent western saddle, I will use it just as often. I don't really ride in any particular style I just do what works and work on what doesn't.
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post #19 of 36 Old 04-28-2011, 09:29 PM
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I'm an endurance/competitive trail junkie. I've been at it for almost two years and am currently climbing the NATRC ladder. I ride in an English saddle --because it's light, and comfy for my horse and I-- , but I don't ride like an "English rider".
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post #20 of 36 Old 04-28-2011, 10:40 PM
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