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Leah Garret Garrett 1
October 19, 2016
From English to Western
Have you ever changed from something you knew so well to something you know
nothing about? If you knew how much it would change your life, would you still do it? This
kind of change happened to me. I switched from English riding to western riding. Even though
it doesn’t seem important or sound like a big change. It changed my life and if I had known
what it has done for me I would’ve done it a lot sooner. But I became used to the changes and
now I’m proud of what I’ve been through to get to where I am now.
Of course I loved English riding. I loved driving down the driveway and passing the
pastures filled with the jumping horses. It was fun going out and catching the horse I’d be using
for that day, and it was good for me to get used to riding different horses every day. I would go
out with one of the stable hands who taught me about the horses and how to properly take
care of them. I also loved jumping. It was like flying for just a few seconds. I had to be totally in
control and show the horse what it was supposed to do. While running the course it’s easy
forget everything. To just drown out the sounds and forget all of your problems. I think the
reason I did English was because I loved the idea of jumping and I loved riding the horses. But
the problem was I never really connected. I liked what I was doing but it wasn’t really me. I
never really made any friends at the barn where I rode and I don’t think I connected with any of
the horses. Most of the girls had their own little group and did their own things. They wore
fancy clothes and rode their expensive show jumping ponies with their rich friends. While I
never had those kinds of things. I just went to ride and have fun. But I guess that wasn’t good
I don’t really know why I switched my riding styles. It just sort of happened. There was a
lot of drama at the English barn where I rode so one day I just stopped going. I stopped riding
for a long time after that. It was really hard for me, because that’s the one thing I’m really
comfortable with and I know that I’m good at it. So not being able to ride for a while was a real
challenge for me. I still remember the day I told my mom I wanted to start riding again. We
were at TJ Max’s looking at clothes, and I just told her I wanted to start again. Of course I
thought I would be doing English since that was the only thing I knew. But she told me I wasn’t
going back to my old barn and that she would find me a place to ride. A couple of weeks later
she found a place that had summer camps and she wanted to send me. I also found out that it
was a western barn. That’s the part that got me nervous. I thought that there would be a lot of
experienced people and that I would be the only one without a clue. But when I got there I
found out that there were a lot of beginners and that it was a lot different. It was really hard
making that kind of change. But I got through it. I made some great friends at that camp, and I
really connected with some of the horses. Everyone made me feel like I really belonged.
Now I’ve been riding at that barn for over two years. Its’s been one of the greatest
experiences. To me it’s my favorite place and I can go there and feel safe and not worry about
anything. There’s nothing better than driving down the old gravel driveway, passing the green
pastures filled with horses. The smell of dirt, hay, and horses that most people would consider a
bad smell is one of the best to me. I love walking down the old dusty hallway to see one of my
best friends, my horse. He’s taught me so much and been with me through a lot and I couldn’t
ask for a better friend. Now I’m one of the fastest barrel racers and pole benders at my barn.
I’ve also met many great people . Some of my best friends I have thanks to riding western.
Because of this I’ve met lots of people, been to many great shows and rodeos, and I’m proudly
the 2016 queen of one of the best drill teams.
Some people are afraid of change and want everything to stay the same. Others are risk
takers in hopes of having a more interesting life. I consider myself to be both of these kinds of
people. But this is one change I’m very glad I made. It has been a great experience for me and I
want it to keep getting better. I can honestly say that I would not be the person I am today if I
had not made this change. So even though this doesn’t seem like much of a difference, it is to
me. It has taught me that sometimes it’s ok to take risk because you never know what can
happen.se I loved English riding. I loved driving down the driveway and passing the