Yes, make sure the saddle fits your horse as well. First, be ready to take more contact on the horses mouth and encourage your horse to accept the bit and bend at his poll. Also, he should be able to extend in his gaits as well as collect. You will have to learn direct reining, (two hands, thumbs on top) and remember the OUTSIDE rein is important when on any bend. Keep your shoulders up and straight, look where you want to go, don't rely on your stirrups, you will have to learn to post (rising to trot, up and forward), keep your toes up (or heels down, but many people take it the wrong way and shove their foot in the stirrup). Learn to have an independent seat (ride without stirrups or bareback). Hope this helps, good luck!!