switching from western to english

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switching from western to english

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    01-13-2012, 11:40 PM
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Can I easily just switch from western to english by just changing the saddle. All I am going to do is jump but can I do that. I mean all I will do is switch saddles can I do that or would that mess up my horse
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    01-13-2012, 11:42 PM
The question is how western is your horse? Neck reining verses on the bit.
    01-13-2012, 11:51 PM
Well my horse doesn't neck reign very well I use my reigns like an english rider would
    01-14-2012, 12:03 AM
Them you should just have to do the basic English with her so she under stands what you are asking
    01-14-2012, 12:04 AM
But couldn't I just switch out the saddle and do everything else the same
    01-14-2012, 12:57 AM
Green Broke
You technically could, I mean, nothings going to stop you. But to do things properly, I would suggest learning how to ride English properly...
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    01-14-2012, 01:32 AM
There is a difference because the saddles will feel different to you and your horse. An english saddle will put you in a different position than a western saddle. How much jumping experience do you have? Get some lessons in jumping if you are self taught in order to improve your technique and avoid injury.
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    01-15-2012, 09:48 PM
Green Broke
Believe me, I switched this month, and it's not just switching the saddle. English is MUCH harder. It will put you in a different position and your horse might not understand.
If your going to something as difficult as jumping, get a instructor. That isn't something you can easily tell "oh, my legs are in a bad position" or "I'm jumping a tad ahead of my horse" just by yourself. A trainer could tell you what your doing wrong to make it easier and safer on you and your horse:)
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    01-15-2012, 09:51 PM
You're not showing right? Just hacking around with different tack? Then no, there is no big deal, enjoy your ride.
    01-16-2012, 10:20 AM
Originally Posted by waresbear    
You're not showing right? Just hacking around with different tack? Then no, there is no big deal, enjoy your ride.
As long as her horse understands how to move away from leg pressure (most do anyway) and hacking around is all she does I would agree with you.

When it comes to jumping or galloping, it might be wise to find someone who can give her some coaching on a correct two point position. It might save her some painful mistakes and/or money spent on medical care.
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