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post #11 of 14 Old 01-05-2010, 01:31 PM
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Agree with the getting a trainer BUT agree more with take some lessons. Then you will get a feeling if you like it or not by riding an old pro (any good trainer should have a good lessons horse for you to ride)... But keep in mind that since you have ridden western it might take a little while to get used to English so give it sometime :)

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post #12 of 14 Old 01-05-2010, 03:00 PM
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I agree with kchfuller-take some lessons on lesson horse. If your horse is used to western, you wouldn't get the "right" feeling. Take some lessons on old good fella, snior jumper, or "dressage grandpa". Learn how to use two-hands-holding-reins, how to use your legs, etc... I also started in western and then sat into english. I can tell you, that maybe you will feel a bit unsteble, unsure in english saddle. It's way too smaller and less "holding you"-western saddle has in front of you and behind you sie things (I am not english, I don't know the expressions for it in english)... And you feel safe there. But english saddle is a something like only "under-butt-equipment"-or I felt this way... If you are okay with long western stirrups, I would advise you to start in dressage saddle, which has also long fenders and stirrups and you can fix your leg on "knee-supproting steady"(taken from dictionary)-the long narrow thing in front of sour knees U know what I mean Ask the trainer for an martingal-you can catch the "around-neck-belt" If you felt like falling off :)
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post #13 of 14 Old 01-05-2010, 03:35 PM
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How long have you been riding?

While I agree that in the long-term, getting an instructor is the best idea, there's no reason to waste money on it if you decide you don't like English (although I personally can't see how you couldn't love it). If you have been riding (even Western) for several years, I don't see any reason to not just try your English friend's saddle (make sure it fits!!!) and just ride a little bit!

Start with a lot of walk work. There's a lot to get used to. First of all, your stirrups should be adjusted to about the length of your arm from your fist to your armpit. When steering two-handed, make sure not to pull with your inside rein - it's a crutch that instructors teach beginner riders, but it is really not good - steer with your outside rein, almost like neck-reining.

Depending on how experienced your English friend is, maybe she could teach you for a while? I started out riding with one of my friends on one of her fat old Haflinger ponies, and it was super fun. :)
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post #14 of 14 Old 01-08-2010, 03:52 PM
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Agreed with the trainer idea. But since you haven't decided yet and just want to see if you'll like it, I would say ride in your friends saddle.At a walk. Make sure it fits your horse well. If not, try it on her horse or a horse it does fit on.

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