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post #1 of 11 Old 05-06-2017, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Hey, I'm Aimee

Sup everyone, my name is Aimee. I'm 25 and I've been riding since I was 7-ish, mostly Western. Been thinking about switching to English and trying my hand at show jumping but we'll see. I don't know what else to say here, lol.

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post #2 of 11 Old 05-06-2017, 09:14 PM
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Hey Aimee! Owner of two horses, mother of a show jumper. Welcome to the forum!

Are you taking lessons? Have you located an English coach near you? That would be your first step, obviously. I grew up with horses and rode Western at first, just because that's what people did where I lived. Then, much later, my daughter got into riding, then jumping, then we both took the leap (literally) into show jumping. I would not go back to Western, though I keep an Australian saddle for trail riding. But the lightness of an English saddle, along with the contact with the horse, are addictive, even for an old fart like me ;)
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-06-2017, 11:19 PM
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Welcome to the forum Aimee!

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post #5 of 11 Old 05-07-2017, 08:18 AM
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Hi there!

I learned English riding as an adult, and I use English tack for arena and trail work, especially after getting slammed into the saddle pommel at a full gallop when the horse tripped over a gopher hole. I cringe just thinking about there being a horn instead of a pommel!! I do recognize the major advantage of the Western tack for a working horse (and the cowboy/cowgirl thereon), but for athletic and recreational purposes, I'd never switch. I'm saying that after only one experience with Western tack on a trail ride.

Good luck, and have fun with the jumping! i have limited myself to "jumping logs lying across the trail" (at most 2 ft), since the higher jumps seem to be the ones that contribute to the most injuries in this sport. Maybe once you found an instructor, you can start a thread about your personal experience switching!

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Hey Aimee! Owner of two horses, mother of a show jumper. Welcome to the forum!

Are you taking lessons? Have you located an English coach near you? That would be your first step, obviously. I grew up with horses and rode Western at first, just because that's what people did where I lived. Then, much later, my daughter got into riding, then jumping, then we both took the leap (literally) into show jumping. I would not go back to Western, though I keep an Australian saddle for trail riding. But the lightness of an English saddle, along with the contact with the horse, are addictive, even for an old fart like me ;)
Thanks! I've been interested in switching disciplines for a while but it's mostly Western where I live. I've taken lessons on and off at a stables close by and I think they teach some basics of English but I'm not sure about training for competition. I'll have to look around nearby to see if I have other options. The lighter saddle is definitely a perk! ;)
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Welcome to the forum Aimee!
Thank you!

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Welcome to the forum!
Thank you much!

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post #9 of 11 Old 05-07-2017, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Hi there!

I learned English riding as an adult, and I use English tack for arena and trail work, especially after getting slammed into the saddle pommel at a full gallop when the horse tripped over a gopher hole. I cringe just thinking about there being a horn instead of a pommel!! I do recognize the major advantage of the Western tack for a working horse (and the cowboy/cowgirl thereon), but for athletic and recreational purposes, I'd never switch. I'm saying that after only one experience with Western tack on a trail ride.

Good luck, and have fun with the jumping! i have limited myself to "jumping logs lying across the trail" (at most 2 ft), since the higher jumps seem to be the ones that contribute to the most injuries in this sport. Maybe once you found an instructor, you can start a thread about your personal experience switching!
Ouch! I've had similar experiences like that as well in the past. Accidentally slamming your pelvis into the horn is majorly painful. I'm hoping the lack of a horn will prevent me from grabbing for security, which is my biggest problem.

Thank you! I'm doing a lot of reading books to get an idea of where to start and to have some useful tips to begin the process of trying something new (right now I'm reading The Rider's Problem Solver by Jessica Jahiel). I want to start slow because I have had a bad experience with jumping as a kid and I'm hoping to work on that.

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post #10 of 11 Old 05-07-2017, 01:45 PM
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hi aimee,
welcome,hope you make a lot of new friends on here,you can be sure to get good advice and everyone is super friendly....apart from me when i rant about my yard haha lol...:)
look forward to seeing lots of pics of your horses/riding
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