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post #1 of 10 Old 10-26-2011, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone! I'm W2E and in my name it says Western to English. . . .well I just moved from riding Western to English. I have only ridden English once ( on Sunday) and am really kinda confused. I'm telling myself they're pretty much the same but I am really "green" with English and was wondering if anyone had any pointers. Somethings I'm curious about are~

What is a half-halt? Wow I'm stupid!
When you ride Hunter Under Saddle are there jumps?
Should you be able to jump a 33 year old horse with arthritis? If so how high?

Is there anything else I should know before I get showing? I know the basics like how to post and stuff.
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-26-2011, 08:37 PM
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What is a half-halt? Wow I'm stupid!
There is no such a thing as stupid question. It's way more stupid NOT to ask if you don't know something.

I'll leave jumping to other folks, but as for half-halt you can read it here The mysterious half halt, causes and effects. and watch this (really nice) video

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I would not jump a 33 year old horse, especially with arthritis.
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Hmmm, keep your heels down. Grip with your calves. Welcome to a way more comfortable way to ride.
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I would not jump a 33 year old horse, especially with arthritis.
Yes, I agree on this one.

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Hunter Under Saddle (HUS) generally do NOT have a jumps. Its basically Walk, Trot, Canter.

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Be sure to keep you heels down, but I wouldn't grip with you legs, you upper body will get sore very quickly and as soon as you need to kick on bait you will loose balance if you've got used to gripping. Western riding is more comfortable than english riding, english riding is more about precision, sit up straight as a plank and keep you hands, but maintaining a flexible shoulder.

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Thank you. And when I say jump I don't mean anything over about 1 and a half feet or even just a caveletti. But thank you when I ride next time I try to keep these in mind.
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Please don't even think of jumping a 30 year old horse. Just nurse that grand old man/or lady as you would your grand parents.

Also be very careful with the saddle and ask someone knowledgeable of matters English to check that there is no unwanted pressure on the horse's spine and that the saddle sits down on the horse's back without any rocking.

If you look back in the English Riding Forum you'll find threads which describe the essential differences between riding Western and US/English. UK/English is essentially the same except some of the terms used are different.

What made you think of coming to the other side?
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