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post #1 of 14 Old 12-21-2009, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Question I am a little english curious (:

Cookie is the first horse I have ever owned, So naturally that opens up endless possibilities! She is a wonderful girl with perfect confirmation. Everyone I have shown her off to says she has a very "englishy trot" & a "jumpers chest" ect.

I myself have only ever ridden western with a tiny bit of bareback thrown in.
But I am a little english curious, So my question is ... Where do we start? I am not ready to buy an english saddle as I don't know how I feel about this discipline ...... yet. However I do have more one than one friend willing to let me borrow theirs. So what should we do first? And what are steps to take to excel at english riding and possibly future eventing?

All answers appreciated thank you guys!
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post #2 of 14 Old 12-21-2009, 08:19 PM
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Step 1) Get an English Trainer
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^correctomundo. If you are even thinking of jumping or eventing, get a good certified trainer

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I agree, finding a good trainer with experience, ideally concentration, in the discipline you plan on riding. If you just want to test the waters, though, there are lots of good books on English riding, equitation, etc. out there. Good luck!

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Find a good trainer to help you along. :)
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post #6 of 14 Old 12-27-2009, 11:57 PM
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like everyone else said :P but have lotsa fun!! and tell us how it all goes

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Getting an English trainer is a great idea, but while you're deciding if its even a discipline you would like to pursue, I see no reason you can't borrow one of your friend's English saddles and get a feeling for it.

Have someone with you to watch from the ground, in case anything happens. Sit in the English saddle and walk around a little bit. See how you like the feel. Do you feel secure in a seat much smaller than a western saddle? Put your stirrups up. Is that comfortable for you? Or would you rather keep your long western leg? Have your "English" buddy show you how to hold the reins and steer two handed for a while. I would go ahead and try a couple quick trot steps and see how that feels with your short stirrups.

If you think you like the feel of English, then look into a trainer. I wouldn't go trotting up a storm or heading for cross rails! But there is no reason you can experiment with leg length, two handed reins, and things like that.

Give it a go, I bet you'll like it!! ;)

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I would first take a few English lessons from a good trainer. See if you like it and if you can, get a few lessons on your horse to see how she does with it as well. If both of you like it, then you could invest in the tack and more lessons! :)

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post #9 of 14 Old 01-05-2010, 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted by GeminiJumper View Post
I would first take a few English lessons from a good trainer. See if you like it and if you can, get a few lessons on your horse to see how she does with it as well. If both of you like it, then you could invest in the tack and more lessons! :)
I agree. Take a few lessons with your horse and then you can decide if you want to invest in english riding tack and apparel. I am a beginner and have taken one lesson with a western instructor and one with an english instructor and I preferred the english style of riding (the higher stirrups, holding the reins with 2 hands and wearing a helmet!) even though at first I was sure I was going to fall right out of the saddle LOL.
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post #10 of 14 Old 01-05-2010, 01:29 PM
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Another vote for instructor/trainer!

If you just wanted to tool around in english tack vs your western tack then sure, use a friend's saddle and go for it. If you want to jump and do eventing then you need a trainer.
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