Switching from Western to English

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    01-23-2011, 01:42 PM
Switching from Western to English

I've ridden Western my entire life-- even showed Western Pleasure when I was younger. I have a western saddle, but I don't think Ginger likes it very much. I know it's super heavy, and she wasn't even bred to be a "riding" horse, she was just trained under saddle a few years ago, maybe four or five. She doesn't like to trot or canter when she has the saddle on, and I was wondering if using a lighter English saddle might make her more amicable towards riding. I've ridden English before, just not a whole lot.

Any thoughts on this transition? Do you guys think it will help, or am I wrong in thinking English saddles are lighter? I really don't know much about it.
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    01-23-2011, 01:57 PM
Are you sure your saddle fits? It sounds like it might not.
Yes english saddles are lighter, but I highly doubt the weight of it is what the issue is. The possibility of maybe needing an adjustment may be somwthing to consider. Is she sensitive to slight pressure, if you run your fingers down her spine?

IDK, they do make synthetic western saddles that weigh about as much as an english though. Maybe you could try that, but I would bet that the saddle your using now doesnt fit well.
    01-23-2011, 02:17 PM
English saddles are much lighter indeed, but I don't think it's that big of a difference for the horse. I did switch from western to english couple years back (and so far no plans switching back ), but I just wanted to do english discipline.

May be the saddle just didn't fit your horse so that was a problem? And just a comment, if you go with english saddle you really want it to fit properly (and it's often harder to achieve than with western one).
    01-23-2011, 02:46 PM
No, she's not very sensitive on her back. I've ran my fingers down her spine, applying pressure, and it didn't seem to bother her. I've often wondered if it might just be that the saddle doesn't fit well, as it was my mother's from way back when.

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