English rider leasing a western horse?

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    10-12-2012, 03:38 PM
English rider leasing a western horse?

I`m new to the forum, so first, hi everyone!

Ok anyway..... so I`ve been looking for a good lease situation for a while, and I think I may finally have found one. It`s to lease a 20 year old paint mare for $100 a month (which by itself is incredible) for as many times a week as I want to ride. The only thing is, I`ve only ridden English, but I would be borrowing this mare`s tack, which is Western. I think I know most of the basics of Western riding, but could anyone give me a few tips? What are the main differences between riding Western and English? Also is tacking up with Western tack any different than with English? I don`t want to go to try out the horse and have the owners think I can`t even tack up a horse correctly

Also I may be doing a fair amount of trail riding. How much riding can I do in a day without tiring a 20 year old horse too much? I know a lot of that depends on the horse; I was just looking for a general guideline to go on.

So thanks in advance everyone, I appreciate your answers!
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    10-12-2012, 03:47 PM
Well, pretty much everything is different between English and Western. From how you sit, to your leg positioning, use of reins, holding the reins, etc. The similarities are that well... You're riding a horse! Tacking up western is not the same as English. The saddles are nothing alike in that regard.

We can really give you a blind guideline for trails. A horse that can do an all walk trail ride on flat ground may not be up for as long of a ride with hills or trotting/cantering. It all depends on the condition of the horse, the terrain and how you want to ride. A fit horse can do a lot more than a horse in pasture condition.
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    10-12-2012, 04:00 PM
Probably I`ll watch a few Youtube videos on Western riding and tacking up, then just explain to the owners that it`s my first time. And I suppose that the best way to find out what length trail rides are suitable for the horse would be to ask the owner. I just wanted to get a general idea of how this was going to work before I go see her.
Also should you post while riding Western? I`ve been researching that and found some people that say you should, some that say you shouldn`t, and some that just posted for the heck of it and had no idea what they were talking about anyway lol.
All the horses I`ve ever ridden except one had the bounciest trots imaginable, so I never had much experience sitting the trot. But I understand many Western horses do more of a lope, which is supposed to be smoother? Correct me if I`m completely wrong lol. As I`ve said, I don`t know much about Western.
    10-12-2012, 04:22 PM
Some people post in Western, some don't. Outside of the show ring just do what's comfortable for you.

This may seem like a strange question but is the horse trained in a discipline? Some easier riders use Western tack but they're not riding a Western discipline, they're just riding and it happens to be in an English saddle. That will affect how she moves and give a clue to her training which will help figuring out her buttons.
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    10-12-2012, 04:32 PM
All the tack is Western, and the owners say that she was a reiner before they bought her (not sure what exactly a reiner is....).
Also.... girly question I know but should I wear anything different to ride Western? Like I usually just ride in jeans and a T-shirt (with a helmet and riding boots obviously).
    10-12-2012, 04:32 PM
I would suggest being honest with the owners. There are so many variables here, it is really difficult to explain. Some people say they ride "western" because that is the saddle they use. However, most horses trained in a western discipline will neck rein, and may be in some sort of curb, which means you need to stay out of the horses mouth pretty much. That was one of the biggest adjustments for me transitioning to western, as well as getting the saddle up on the horse. THey are HEAVY. It takes a while to get used to swinging it up there for sure. Watch all the videos you want, but I can pretty much guarantee there will be no fooling the owners when it comes to this one. You may like it much better-I sure do.
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    10-12-2012, 04:41 PM
I know Western saddles are heavy. My previous riding instructor taught one Western rider and she was like 7 years old. The girl was too small to carry the saddle so the instructor usually carried it for her, but she broke her arm in a fall and asked me to get it. I almost dropped it on the floor picking it up.... and just barely was able to lift it high enough tu put it on the horse`s back lol.
    10-12-2012, 04:43 PM
Yup, just be honest!

I have ridden Western for over 20 years and recently started English lessons. I was completely upfront with the trainer and she showed me just how to tack up a horse with English gear.
    10-12-2012, 05:20 PM
Originally Posted by NowOrNever    
I know Western saddles are heavy. My previous riding instructor taught one Western rider and she was like 7 years old. The girl was too small to carry the saddle so the instructor usually carried it for her, but she broke her arm in a fall and asked me to get it. I almost dropped it on the floor picking it up.... and just barely was able to lift it high enough tu put it on the horse`s back lol.
Ok-so you get it.....I have this vision of you watching a video, learning how to cinch it up, etc.....showing up at the barn thinking you can fool them, then trying to swing the saddle up there and make it look like you have always done it...I would pay to watch. Lol Sorry-I am a little warped. I sure hope the horse is short!
    10-12-2012, 05:31 PM
LOL. That`s actually the nightmare I keep having about myself! And she`s 14.3 hh and I`m 5'7" so I should be able to do it.... It`s been a long time though so we`ll see. And I would probably laugh at myself lol. I fell off once riding bareback and I didn't get up, so my instructor thought I was hurt and ran over there. Really though falling off had been completely my fault and I was laughing so hard I couldn't get up!

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