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post #1 of 19 Old 12-05-2011, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Switching from Western to English, is it easy?

Hello there (:. I used to Barrel Race (And I still do), But I was thinking about switching to English. And I was wanting to know if it was easy, or harder. Please help, and Thank you <3
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post #2 of 19 Old 12-05-2011, 07:58 PM
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I grew up riding Western and then switched to English.

In my humble opinion, English is harder balance wise. An English saddle doesn't hold you in like a some Western saddles can.
Also, in my experience, English requires more muscle. Mainly because you need that muscle to stay balanced.
I'm never as sore after a Western ride as I am after an English ride.

But on the other hand, both require you to be mounted on an animal with a mind of it's own, so neither are easy!

It's a preference in the end. While I do find English harder, I prefer it over Western.

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post #3 of 19 Old 12-05-2011, 08:06 PM
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I switched to English after years of riding western and English is harder imo but I like it better. I agree with Sunny about it requiring more muscle as well.
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I switched to english after a couple years of western rider. The reason I started out western was because the BO wanted her kids to have good seats before they started learning english (from the sit trot; aka jog) and what not. I personally think it was easy but then again I was just doing light english riding. I didn't start cantering until like 2 months laters because I was still getting the feel lol, and didn't start jumping until almost a year later of learning how to ride.

Good luck with learning because I think youl enjoy learning english and the challenges brought with it!!
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post #5 of 19 Old 12-05-2011, 08:52 PM
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I switched 2 or 3 years ago. Never regretted. Wasn't hard for me (and my horses seemed to like it better). Although I did take some english lessons here and there in past (but very few).

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post #6 of 19 Old 12-06-2011, 06:33 AM
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It can be difficult, especially if you don't know how to post and don't have good balance (both problems I had when switching). However, I love English and do not regret switching at all.
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post #7 of 19 Old 12-06-2011, 10:11 AM
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Greyman. You'd be very welcome over on the other side.
As a barrel racer I doubt whether once you were shown the different way of doing things that you will have any serious problems. Anyway it will be fun to learn the differences in technique

Your horse would initially notice the different saddle and being ridden by you with two hands holding shortened reins but it would soon get used to the idea.

But I am curious - what makes you think of switching over?
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post #8 of 19 Old 12-08-2011, 11:07 AM
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I show and ride English. I would call it more of a challenge, and requires more muscle memory. Much more technical than western. If you're new to it, and do it correctly, you will be sore. Just ride through it, and have fun. Make sure you have somebody to help you learn to do it correctly. :)
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I just just just started riding English - like a week ago - and I'd say they're about the same. Their pros/cons balance out. I ride both, but I personally prefer Western from my experience.
Physically, Western is easier. Mentally, IMO, English is easier.

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post #10 of 19 Old 12-10-2011, 12:07 AM
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Mentally, IMO, English is easier.
Can you elaborate on this? I don't quite get what you mean.
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