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Switching from Western to English, is it easy?

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  • Is western easier than english
  • English more muscles than western riding

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    12-11-2011, 09:29 AM
  #11
Foal
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Originally Posted by Sunny    
Can you elaborate on this? I don't quite get what you mean.
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I just think riding English is more calming, for some extremely odd reason. Mainly because I actually compete in Western stuff like barrels and pleasure, and I'm always always thinking about "how can I improve this" and stuff like that, while with English I just do it for fun... So for me, English is easier for my brain! ;)
     
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    12-11-2011, 10:46 AM
  #12
Green Broke
Ah, okay!
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    12-21-2011, 05:00 PM
  #13
Foal
I rode western all my life until I got an ottb about 7 months ago... I don't really think one is easier than the other but I found I was alot better at english than western... the only really super significant differences in the two is that western horses go away from pressure and english horse will go into pressure. I think the hardest thing to learn was keeping my fingers closed around the reins ahah... bad habits die hard aha
     
    12-21-2011, 08:31 PM
  #14
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Originally Posted by ceasar    
the only really super significant differences in the two is that western horses go away from pressure and english horse will go into pressure.
News to me. Every horse I've ever ridden has been trained in english and they go away from pressure every time. That's how leg yields and shoulder ins are done.
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    12-22-2011, 04:12 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by ceasar    
i rode western all my life until I got an ottb about 7 months ago... I don't really think one is easier than the other but I found I was alot better at english than western... the only really super significant differences in the two is that western horses go away from pressure and english horse will go into pressure. I think the hardest thing to learn was keeping my fingers closed around the reins ahah... bad habits die hard aha
I do not think so, both western and English you are asking the horse to collect and engage his hindquarters, difference is your asking for that in two different frames.
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    12-23-2011, 12:26 PM
  #16
Showing
All I can say is it's a different feel, especially the feel of your seat on the saddle, your legs on the horse (a LOT more leather in western, less in English) and a thinner pad too. And it's different to your horse especially if they have neck reined and are now direct reining.

But as someone showed us in the video (will find it now..) they're the same level of difficulty, but in different ways. A good rider can do both without too much of a struggle.

Have fun though, I enjoy both :) Hoping to get my horse into both too as soon as we get all the basics of dressage down. And by basics, I mean everything from halting to flying lead changes.

EDIT: Here's the video
     
    12-24-2011, 03:09 PM
  #17
Foal
I just switched from Western to English and although it is so much harder I'm enjoying it to no end and am so glad I made the switch. As a lot of people have already said, there is a lot more balance and a lot of leg muscle. However, despite all that, I don't think I'm going to go back to Western anytime soon!
     
    12-24-2011, 05:13 PM
  #18
Foal
I would say that english is harder but have no personal experience of western. I think if you have a good western seat it will help with your balance and a relaxed english position :) x
     
    12-26-2011, 02:06 PM
  #19
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Sunny    
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!!
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I agree, with english you need alot more balance because you don't really have a saddle to keep you in place. I like english more, you learn alot of skills to help with balance and muscle
     

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