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post #1 of 37 Old 01-31-2010, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Starting english

In the near future after my life settles down. I would like to try english. Just the basics getting used to the saddle and constant collection. I am guessing this will take me about a year to get the basics down(maybe less?). I believe my horse would do well because of his movement. I will be getting a couple lessons. What kind of equitment do I need? Any tips on how to start? What did it cost you for all your tack? Should I try it?

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post #2 of 37 Old 01-31-2010, 10:44 PM
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definitely try it. See if you can borrow some tack at first, or find some quality used items that way it is less of a committment if you don't like it. Definitely get a trainer, it will give you a better first experience and set you on the right path. Also, collection is definitely not a basic- it is something that takes a very long time to work up to both for horse and rider. But there are plenty of new things to learn and discover on your way there. Best of luck, english riding is a heck of a lot of fun!
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post #3 of 37 Old 01-31-2010, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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I should of clarrified my horse naturally carries himself because of the amount of training we have been threw. Maybe constant contact with the bit is better.

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I always try to encourage people to try the discipline opposite of them. Your western bridle is fine for lessons, just switch to a snaffle is you ride in anything else. Also, an english saddle is necessary (search consignment first) along with a well fitting girth. Then you need at least one contour pad. The square pads for colour is optional. Depending on the buld of your horse, he/he might need a breastplate or a crupper but I doubt it if you haven't had problems with slipping saddles (if you have, look into them). If your horse carries himself/herself like your icon, a martingale will probably not be necessary. Do you plan on jumping or just getting into the english ways?

Also, no matter what, a riding helmet. Everytime you get on your loyal steed - helmet. And a certified riding helmet at that. I don't care if your head is big, so is mine. I don't care if you don't like the feel, so what. Or any other crap reasons. Helmet!!! (I've heard too many excuses so I'm covering them right off the back)

I hope that helps! Feel free to pm me anytime for help. I am currently helping two good friends transition from western to english and I ride both so I'm not biased

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definitely try it. Theres so many differant disiplines for english. After you get the basics down (doesnt really take long) you can go into almost anything. Jumping, basic dressage, even polo and polo-cross! Its great

As for equiptment you should go with a pleasure saddle. It can be used for basically any disipline. Its okay for jumping and dressage you just have to work a little harder for the right position and form in the saddle. And an english bit and bridle w/ a cavason are best, espessially if you are transitioning from western to english because it is something differant and will help your horse to concentrate and tell the differance between the disiplines and what you are asking of him.

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I should of clarrified my horse naturally carries himself because of the amount of training we have been threw. Maybe constant contact with the bit is better.

Ah, yes, that makes more sense! Is that your horse in your avatar?? Simply gorgeous! I found some great deals on saddles on craigslist and ebay and you can find them on here too. The only caveat is that it is hard to fit a saddle over the internet and having one that fits right is very important (as I'm sure you know). You want to make the transition as fun as possible for you and your horse and I completely concur with the above post about a helmet. I took mine off once on a hot day for 30 seconds, had a horse spook, I came off and suffered a severe concussion.
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See if you can find a super cheap all purpose saddle, or borrow one from a friend... just make sure that it fits the horse. The best way for this to be a possitive experience for the both of you is for everything to fit correctly. I love english and jumping, but put me in a western saddle and I'll do jus fine. I've found that alot of the little thing with western and english are the same. For me the big difference in how you ride is NO neck reining! It doesn't work with the snaffle as much as it does with a shank. The sturrip lenght can be hard to get use to, I think the best way to adjust is to slow move the sturrip up. Hope you both have fun!
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post #8 of 37 Old 02-03-2010, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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Has anyone used those wintecs? They look comfortable. What is a contour pad? I ALWAYS wear a helmet its never been a problem. I have a purple nylon bridle with a o ring snaffle would that work for now?

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A contour pad is shaped just like the saddle, hence, contour.

Your purple nylon should work. If you get series, a leather one should be bought.

I've tried a wintec and I didn't like it. I felt like I was sitting in the horse. But to each rider their own.

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post #10 of 37 Old 02-03-2010, 07:34 PM
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you should definitely try it and it took me like 2 weeks to get english down...

I get a horse next year wahooo
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