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post #31 of 33 Old 03-21-2016, 10:03 PM
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I found just trying lessons with different purposes (dressage, jumping ect) and go with what you enjoy most. sounds like you might pick dressage because it's old faithful, but never be afraid to try new things. If all else fails, you can swap but that is a bit of a hassle. just go with what you love the most and enjoy.
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post #32 of 33 Old 03-21-2016, 10:21 PM
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I started English, then tried western when I moved to the states... then switched back to English.

One day Sky's previous owner mentioned how I looked more like a Dressage rider than a jumper.

I thought it was a stab at how bad of a rider I was, but then I kind of fell in love with it.

But I've jumped since and have an interest but it isn't as strong as dressage.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #33 of 33 Old 03-21-2016, 10:39 PM
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Hi Coffee, sounds like you are getting it sorted. My 2cents. Start where you are and get comfortable with it. You will find yourself attracted to one discipline or another - that is the time to explore it.

I would like to suggest that when your trainer thinks you are ready that you have a few jumping lessons, usually this starts with cavaletti with the last one turned high. Learning to jump does not necessarily mean huge jumps. But my reasoning is that sooner or later your horse is going to come across an obstacle (or even a perceived obstacle!!) and jump it. You will be more prepared and less afraid if you have jumped before.
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