Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: west palm beach, fl
My mom originally told me if I wanted to ride, it had to be English. So I ended up taking 8 years of Hunter/jumper lessons. I competed for a long time. but in all of that training...I learned I liked to go fast! I liked to trail ride and gallop and wasn't allowed to do that on the expensive well trained Hunter pony I owned. My parents wouldn't allow it. That pony eventually got sold, and I went on to work with quarter horses doing barrels and poles. Now, I do both. I have one horse who's a star in the Hunter ring, a joy to take for long runs on an open trail, but hates the sharp turns in speed events. Then I have my lazy trail gelding. He's slow, but sure footed on a trail. We also did a few months of dressage training together, which was hard for him with his long back, but he tried his heart out for me. I don't currently have a horse who does speed events, but I'm hoping my little colt will take to it.
I guess, in my experience, doing a little bit of everything is a good thing. But if your scared of jumping, I'd stick with dressage. It's a challenging, fun discipline.