14 years ago
Silent Horse Rider

Have yall...?

Have had expierience in switching disiplines? Right now I'm switching from western to english (and is still looking for a good english barn). What is your experience about switching? Did you feel sad or did you just felt like you need to switch? I felt like I needed more expierience and so I decided to switch to english. What disipline were you doing before and which one are you doing now? I was doing barrel racing and a little bit of pole bending. Thanks! Have fun answering these questions!
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14 years ago
Jules
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Just because you are taking english lessons doesn't mean you have to give up on western. I do both. I grew up jumping, so I have always loved that, but I also really love reining. I have fun working cows, but get a lot of satisfaction from dressage. I would hate to only pick one style or one discipline to ride. Some people are very one sided, but I believe it makes me (and my horses) more versatile and keeps us from getting bored. I like the fact that I can get on and ride in any saddle with comfort.
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14 years ago
Esperanza
When I first got my horse at 7, I went into 4-H and primarily did western sports. Now, I'm a dressage rider who dabbles in a bit of jumping. The switch can be either uncomfortable or very good, depending upon the kind of person you are and your enviroment. I definately learned how to control everything with much much softer, lighter aids which was a huge thing for me, because I hated seeing the "western" people around here with HUGE bits and HUGE spurrs. If you aren't someone who wants to refine everything, I'd say you prolly won't like dressage, but jumping may work for you. If you ride a bit of english (dressage especially) it will help you in any sport for controlling and properly riding your horse. It's a lot like reining in the idea of using seat bones and legs instead of hands. :3 Now I feel more comfortable in an english saddle than I do a western one and really I rarely fall out of my dressage and jumping saddle, then again I rarely fall anymore. Just find a good instructor and start working on it. I'd reccomend if you plan on doing some jumping, getting a bit of dressage work because in order to do correct hunter-jumper you need to have the ability to collect then extend your horse over the jumps, rate them, etc. I've talked to a lot of combined trainers and they always say dressage first. Good luck! I hope it goes well for you :3
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14 years ago
Anonymous
i switched from western and english, and i was so excited. i was able to ride western, walk, trot, post trot, canter, all without stirrups. i felt like english was more serious and it really was. now ive been riding english for 2 years and i have no regrets. i show in equitation, and jumping is the best feeling i ever had! just be confident, you have to work a lot on english saddle, but that just makes you learn much more and its extremely fun hope this helps, good luck :D
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14 years ago
Anonymous
Well, when I first started, I was doing western. then about 11 months in, I really wanted to switch to English because my passion is jumping. The first couple lessons were REALLY awkward because I was so used to the western horn being right infront of me, for "protection". I felt totaly off balence, and I felt like I could fall of at any moment! i got used to it though, and now all I do is english!
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14 years ago
xxsheldonxx165
Okay I'm going to tell the story of how I got where I am now, witch is hunter/jump. Well awhile ago I was doing western camps. Just simple walk trot canter. Then I started to take english lessons. Just doing simple dressage and a little bit of jumping. One day I was on this horse named Sheri and we were going over a jump with 3 trotting poles before in and after it. She trotted threw the trotting poles perfectly then she jumped the jump kinda high and then she JUMPED the whole set of trotting poles. I fell off and my confidence for jumping was RUINED. Well then a few years after that I had purchased my first pony. I was lunching him one day and there was a jump set up. So he decided to jump the jump coming home and jump it again and go back into the lunge circle. Aha he loved to jump. So I decided to try some little jumps. Before I new it I was jumping 3 feet on my pony. I was supposed to show in the A-Circut with the Arabs and so we went to a show and me and my mom decided that this wasn't for me. So we went to look at a different barn and we really liked it. We sold my pony because of some "behavioural issues" and I got my second horse Sheldon. I have found my love again for jumping. But I couldn't of done it without that pony, I Spy. The transtition wasnt that bad for me. Because new I was making the right choice and I was doing it for both me and my pony because it was something we loved. I felt a little sad. Because I was leaving the barn that I had been at for 6 years. But I am much happier now in some many differernt ways. Good Luck With Your Switch!:)
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14 years ago
ABBYsMom
You dont have to give up one for the other, do both and you'll miss nothing. I ride both but I'm planning on taking more English lessons, after an accident i was in I'm having issues with my seat LOL I need help in other words. Plus i have this great TB who is a jumper and 17 hands, my goal is to be able to stay on her back over the fences.
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14 years ago
Anonymous
I've heard its easier to switch from English to western than the other way around.
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14 years ago
Anonymous
I switched from western, not altogether though, to English/Hunt Seat with some jumping, I learned a lot during the transistion that also helped me with my western style of riding as well.
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14 years ago
Barefoottrimmer
Why limit yourself? "Switching" doesn't make sense to me. In one day, I do reining on my QH, dressage on my eventer, and casual riding on my TB and ground work with all. All horses can jump. I don't think that english or western offers more "experience", they are just different styles. If you want experience, spend more hours in the saddle. I would never categorize or limit myself in any way. I do it all!!!!
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14 years ago
Chick it out
I ride mostly western but I have done a little english and I love both!
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