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post #1 of 11 Old 05-26-2010, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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I've made the switchh

Alright.

Today I changed from western to English.
I managed with a handicapped ramp, as I'm still working on my strength.

Today we just worked on some walking and trotting and me getting used to the different bridle and rein techniques.

I also worked on leg pressures--which is so much easier than in a western saddle, and balance of course.

I was wondering if anyone had any tips or suggestions to help me out in getting used to this ^^
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-27-2010, 01:54 PM
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I just switched to English less than 2 months ago, and the best advice I can give you is to ride as much as possible.

The more often I ride, the stronger my legs have become for the proper aids, and the better my balance is.

Good Luck! I think English is so much fun :)
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-28-2010, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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I think it's amazing! Because I have leg problems, I've noticed a significant difference from western. It is SO much easier to do leg aids without all that accessorized leather in the way between you and the horse. I feel so much closer.

I'm doing 2x a week now, but hopefully over the summer I'll have time for more (and when I get my own horse, definetely lots and lots more) =]
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post #4 of 11 Old 05-29-2010, 11:41 AM
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i first started off western and then switched to english its a lot easier but you do have to learn alot of the movement that the rider and the horse need to do with english but western is not as fun as english unless you are doing speed events but riding english is just easier and really fun:)
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post #5 of 11 Old 05-29-2010, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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I really had a little difficulty understanding your post with the lack of punctuation.

I think both can be equally as challenging, but with physical disability (or maybe it's just me) tuning with the horse is something that is especially needed in English riding, and having the contact that I do in an English saddle I really do prefer. I'm just now getting used to the whole shift from rein cues to leg cues though.

Although if anything I'd say that English is harder because of your need for subtley, a proper position (I know so many people that don't ride western with good position), and tons of balance.
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post #6 of 11 Old 05-29-2010, 08:41 PM
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I've ridden English and Western, and have found English to be WAY easier.. especially in a dressage saddle. There is more contact on the horse, which makes the horse a little more responsive. I also tend to lean on something if it's there, but do very well without it(ie. horn). Plus, I've always had a kind of 'english' presence on the horse.

At the therapeutic riding center I volunteered at, it's all English.
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post #7 of 11 Old 05-29-2010, 11:06 PM
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YAY! You did it

I wish you the best with your lessons, Dry Bones Valley.
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post #8 of 11 Old 05-30-2010, 12:36 PM
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well im sorry about the way that i wrote.
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post #9 of 11 Old 05-31-2010, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, guys.
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post #10 of 11 Old 06-02-2010, 07:17 AM
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wow i have been rinding english all my life so the only advice i can give is to ride lots! have your stirrups nice and long so you sit deep in the saddle, you must feel very 'pirched' if you are used to a western saddle.

Keep your feet on the ground when your head's in the clouds.
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