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post #1 of 6 Old 12-10-2012, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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english/western help

can a horse that was broke and been rode in english be switched to western with out "rebreaking", ik the ques and control is a little different but i am fine with that i can work with the horse on that and i can also work with the saddle differences i was just wondering cus i might be buying a horse that has been rode all its life in english, but i ride in western so would it be a big difference for the horse or should the horse be ok with the sudden change???
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-10-2012, 08:03 PM
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I think that this horse might, and I say might since it depends on the hrose, be more used to moving out at the trot. So, you'd have to work at teaching him/her to slow down the trot. If you neck rein, and this horse doesn't know how to neck rein, you'd have to teach that.
I think it's easier , often, to slow a hrose down than to speed a slow WP horse up to the speed wanted for a hunter horse.
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This is backwards, but we took Diamond, who had been trained Western for 14 years, and slapped an English saddle on her. She adjusted to the change with no help :) Speeding her up was super easy, and she never had a headset, so nothing to worry about there.

I will say that I ever so slightly disagree with Tiny - I've always found it easier to speed a horse up than slow them down. Of course it depends on the personality of the pony, but from what I've seen, it's easier to make them go fast. A change in headset, on the other had, is a little harder. I think it's pretty difficult to pick their heads up.

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post #4 of 6 Old 12-10-2012, 09:34 PM
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It shouldn't matter, my sister did dressage, eventing and barrel racing all on the same horse! He didn't get confused on what was being asked...go slow or go fast. He did well at the shows, too. Mine do dressage and western pleasure. But, they are having barrel practice this week so I may decide to see what they can do.
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Rebreaking, no. Retraining, yes.

Your horse shouldn't treat the saddle swap as though it had never had a saddle on before.
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-11-2012, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by DancingArabian View Post
Rebreaking, no. Retraining, yes.

Your horse shouldn't treat the saddle swap as though it had never had a saddle on before.
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I agree with this. You never have to break a horse. And you will see that your horse probably learns much faster then you think. If you do ground work you will see the results very fast.
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