Switching from Western to English, is it easy? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 19 Old 12-05-2011, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Florida <3
Posts: 1
• Horses: 0
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
GreyMan is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 19 Old 12-05-2011, 07:58 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Alabama,USA
Posts: 3,909
• Horses: 1
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.

Have fun!!
Posted via Mobile Device
Sunny is offline  
post #3 of 19 Old 12-05-2011, 08:06 PM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 384
• Horses: 0
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.
Posted via Mobile Device
Dresden is offline  
post #4 of 19 Old 12-05-2011, 08:11 PM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Pasadena, Maryland
Posts: 863
• Horses: 0
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!!
Posted via Mobile Device
lubylol is offline  
post #5 of 19 Old 12-05-2011, 08:52 PM
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: MD
Posts: 23,907
• Horses: 2
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).

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass: it's about learning to dance in the rain..."

"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves."

"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours."
kitten_Val is offline  
post #6 of 19 Old 12-06-2011, 06:33 AM
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,156
• Horses: 0
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.
Cinder is offline  
post #7 of 19 Old 12-06-2011, 10:11 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: UK
Posts: 2,061
• Horses: 1
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?
xxBarry Godden is offline  
post #8 of 19 Old 12-08-2011, 11:07 AM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 91
• Horses: 0
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. :)
HUSAngel is offline  
post #9 of 19 Old 12-09-2011, 06:07 PM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: USA
Posts: 214
• Horses: 0
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.

Every horse is an angel... They just don't need wings to soar!
RunJumpRide is offline  
post #10 of 19 Old 12-10-2011, 12:07 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Alabama,USA
Posts: 3,909
• Horses: 1
Originally Posted by RunJumpRide View Post
Mentally, IMO, English is easier.
Can you elaborate on this? I don't quite get what you mean.
Posted via Mobile Device
Sunny is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Some tips about switching from western to english? :) Barrel Baby English Riding 8 12-21-2011 05:08 PM
Switching from English to Western... Xela Western Riding 8 04-01-2011 11:24 AM
Switching from Western to English musicalmarie1 English Riding 3 01-23-2011 02:46 PM
Switching from Western to English? Equus_girl Horse Riding 3 03-23-2010 11:32 PM
Switching from English to Western- please help! RocShrimp Western Riding 24 07-28-2009 05:20 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome