05-06-2013, 09:22 AM
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Heya! I have had ab it of eexperience with western, but I'm an english rider, going from enligh to western is a strange transition, I think its a little intimdating through not having the saftey of the large western saddles. But try these things just to see if it helps?
Your stirups shouldn't be that much shorter from western, if your measuring them by holding your hand on the buckle and making sure the end ofthe stirrup iorn is in your arm pit, if your already doing this maybe start riding a little long just 1 whole just to get used to the horse then shorten them up, this will be harder on you as to keep your position with your legs, from what I know western you throw your legs forward slightly, english keep them underneath you.
As for a fast trot, make the horse slow down this maybe as they are getting over excited I understand some horses do have a fast trot I ride a large thourough bred and he could run circles around the smaller horses but you have to slow them down try half halting making the trot slower, this way your transitions will be more comfortable so your rising trot (posting) and sitting trot will feel more comfortable and more like your used to.
I think also the thing to remember is that the basics are pretty much the same keeping your positon so shoulders, elbows, hips and heel all in line and keep those heels down. Also try if you or your friend cannot get on a english saddle all the time, work with shorter stirrups in a western saddle, I know odd.
I hope it helps! Good Luck with the college team!