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    03-06-2010, 04:11 PM
Ahh don't get a wintec! If you can, get a leather one deffo!
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    03-06-2010, 08:41 PM
Originally Posted by Nero    
ahh don't get a wintec! If you can, get a leather one deffo!
Any particular reason? I've ridden Wintecs before, English and western, and found them to be decent saddles for the money, and a fair alternative for less competitive riders. Just curious as to what your experiences with them are.
    03-07-2010, 09:12 AM
Originally Posted by TheGirlWhoLikesHorses    
I am not being mean but why is nobody replying or sending me a PM because I want to know how to post threads and how many posts do you have to post before o can go on chat I said I would love a reply but you are all only replying to the person who put on the THREAD.
Sorry, not a chatter, so can't help you there. If you want to start a new thread there's a button at the top of the forum page... If you can't find it try the FAQ button in the taskbar.
    03-07-2010, 10:49 PM
I will definitely. Get some lessons. As far as my helmet I do not step on my horse without one. I saw the wintecs. I like the overall look and that the gullet can be changed. I am riding in 16in western saddle so 18in english? I will start hunting down tack in the upcoming months all I need is
Saddle pad fitted (white)
Square saddle pad (I want a funky colour)
Both in brown.
And as far as the saddle does everything come with it? Like stirrups and and the girth.
    03-08-2010, 07:10 AM
Does all come with the saddle - No Tasia.

You'll need stirrup irons which leave a gap each side of the boot.
You'll need stirrup leathers - Aussie synthetics are the best they don't stretch
You'll need a girth strap - again Aussie synthetic works well. They come in sizes.

You need bridle including nose band,
You might need a flash band - this is a strap which holds the bit in the horses mouth- it needs careful adjustment.
You might need in due course a martingale - depends on the horse.
You'll need a bit - try at the beginning a French Link - which is very mild or a standard ringed snaffle. But your tutor will tell you if you need something firmer.

You'll need experienced help to set the tack up correctly. You might have to change it later.

As an experienced Western rider you can get away with a lot without change - but if you are serious about riding English then at the beginning you need to understand the principle of "collection".

Purely as an example for this post: - my horse is forward going - she is always stepping out smartly with impulsion (look it up). I aim for a constant contact (look it up) with her mouth via the bit. As long as I am "in contact", I don't expect her to step out, either lengthen her stride not speed up the pace, without instruction.

When I want her to step out - I let her have some slack
In the reins to allow her to move her head more freely.

If I am to do some tricky riding - say along a bendy, uneven, root strewn path, then I like her "in hand" and "on the bit" - (look it up).

She can be allowed to go "long and low" on a loose rein from time to time to relax but I want her to carry her head high for most of the ride. I want to feel her "impulsion" - the power coming up from her hind quarters
At all times. She is never allowed to dawdle.

My weight I carry on the saddle not so much on the stirrups.

The saddle takes a much smaller surface area on the horse's back - the horse feels more of your movement. Reins are primarily for communication.

First, get to learn to sit properly in the saddle, holding the reins correctly in two hands, right from the very beginning. If your tutor is any good - that is where he/she will start in teaching you.

Having written all this as an Englishman, be aware that American English riding traditions are slightly different from European English - when in America do as the Americans do.

    03-08-2010, 08:58 PM
Thank you. My horse naturally collects himself and as a reiner we strive for collected horses. BTW I am a Canadian but I do understand what your saying.=)
    03-11-2010, 10:11 AM
Originally Posted by TheGirlWhoLikesHorses    
Sorry Scoutrider I cannot find new thread button I have done FAQ too on that it shows you a picture of it but I still cannot find it I would like to know how many posts you have to post before you can go on chat.
Sent you a PM.

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