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    09-11-2009, 09:57 PM
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Weanling
Bareback to English

So I've decided that I am going to learn to ride English. I really have only ridden bareback for most of my life. I've been told that I should try English as I prefer bareback. I've used a western saddle before and its not pretty. So hopefully English and Western are Totally different!
Will it be hard to learn coming from my bareback background? Do you Have to wear a helmet? How should I get started? Anyone In Wyoming know of a trainer?
     
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    09-12-2009, 08:16 AM
  #2
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Western and English aren't totally different, but there is enough difference that some people feel much more comfortable in one style or the other. Incidentally, what do you mean by "not pretty?"

With your experience in riding bareback, you shouldn't have a problem "sticking" to the saddle, but you likely have a few "technical" bad habits (we all do ). A helmet isn't a legal requirement just to ride (unless you are in Florida and under sixteen, I heard rumors that "they" were going to make it illegal for an unhelmeted under-sixteen to ride in FL), but if you want to show eventually, part of the huntseat show rider's turnout is a hard hat or helmet. I would personally and highly recommend, however, ALWAYS wearing a helmet when mounted, and my recommendation gets even stronger if you are jumping. Even the calmest horse can be unpredictable, and it only takes one hit to the ole melon to really wish you had worn a helmet.

I can't help you with trainers in Wyoming, but taking at least a few lessons in the new saddle is a fantastic idea. Most horsey magazines have great tidbits on English riding, and, of course, people on this forum are always eager to help.

Good luck, and have fun!
     
    09-12-2009, 09:38 AM
  #3
Weanling
When I said pretty I meant I flop All over. I just can't feel the horse with one I guess? I don't really know why I can't. A horse can buck me off in a saddle but not bareback. So I tend to stick to bareback.
     
    09-12-2009, 02:38 PM
  #4
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You may have better luck with the English. I find that when I switch back to western, for whatever reason, when I do get back in my English saddle I do feel like I have a greater awareness and feeling for what the horse is doing under me, far better feel than even in my light Cordura barrel/trail saddle.

You might start by taking the stirrups, leathers and all, off of the saddle to start, just sit in the seat and use your legs to grip. That could make the transition easier, and help you solidify your "new" position in stages, so to speak. If you aren't fighting stirrups, you have more attention to give to your upper body balance, etc. Of course, there's a lot less stirrup fighting in an English saddle. They really have to be poorly positioned on the saddle to screw your position up too badly.
     
    09-21-2009, 12:27 AM
  #5
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You should try Saddleseat. I have heard it said that SS is the closest thing to riding bareback in a treed saddle.
     

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