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post #1 of 5 Old 07-19-2008, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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from western to english?

I have a horse that's been trained western and ridden western his whole life (he's 8y/o). I really want to try english (I've never ridden english before) and he has a willing temperment and will do just about anything for me.

Should I try english on him? How are english and western horses different (training wise)? And how do the cues and stuff differ?

He is a shetland so he should look okay. We ride with a snaffle or hackmore. Also, is it hard to hang on to an english saddle? Sometimes riding western when I gallop I hang on to the back of the saddle. Thanks!
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-19-2008, 07:41 PM
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He should be pretty good about switching over. I think that it would be easy for a western horse to switch to english than an english horse switching to western.

When you ride english, you use direct rein pressure. Which is when there is always contact with the bit. Your stirrups are a bit shorter. The cues are pretty much the same between western and english riding.

Lol, yes. When switching to an english saddle from a western one, it can be a shock! lol, I was riding western before I took english lessons, and when I sat in that english saddle, lol, it felt like I was sitting on a little slab of leather!! lol! You will probably feel very insecure but you'll will adapt. You also use different leg muscles. After the first week of english riding lessons, my legs were soooo sore!! lol

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post #3 of 5 Old 07-19-2008, 08:20 PM
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I think it's worth a try. My old horse Lexi was switched over, but she was not a jumper so it made it pretty difficult. She was better Western (now she's doing barrels). ;) It really depends. Some horses do great switching over, others not so much.
English takes a bit to get used to, but I actually find it more comfy then a Western lol.

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post #4 of 5 Old 07-19-2008, 09:13 PM
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English riders do more with their legs and reigns. Your horse should do okay, if he truly trusts you he'll know you're not trying anything that may harm him.

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post #5 of 5 Old 07-30-2008, 09:22 PM
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pop - old horse lexi?? dont you have lexi anymore?

your horse should transition well as long as he doesnt act up with the extra contact you would have on your reins riding english. he should still know all the leg aids etc

an english saddle is more like riding bareback. think of it that way ;)

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