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I've never taken formal riding lessons in my life, and after getting my new guy Palmer, I feel like I can start over. What type of lessons would be the best to take to build trust and confidence between a horse and rider? All I've ever done is trail riding and gymkhana. I was thinking of trying some sort of English equitation or hunt seat lessons, switch to English riding and give it a try. Or would it be best to stick with Western pleasure or such? My geldings a 16 year old Standardbred ex-race horse, an old pacer. He also seems to be gaited and would have to be re-taught how to trot, which I would prefer to not to do, since I love his smooth gait the way it is.

Oh and I am not afraid to say that I am a poor rider, or I should say an un-trained rider. Hence getting an old well broke trail horse! This will be a great learning experience for myself to develope an independent seat as I hear everyone say
 

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I think you should continue riding western to get better with your horse and then try English in the future to improve even more..but that's just my opinion.

If you want to try English, go for it!! :)
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English first. I started riding western as a kid, well bareback, then western, but wish I would've started with English.
 
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