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post #1 of 5 Old 06-23-2009, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not really sure if this is the right place to put this... I figure it is but sorry if it's not. =)

How do you tell whether your horse likes the type of riding you're doing?

For instance, I've been riding Lacey in an English saddle the entire time I've worked with her (a year in July) and she seems pretty fine with that. But the last two times I've ridden her I've ridden in a western saddle and somehow I feel like she enjoys going western better than English.
Today especially there were a few things that were a little scary (a plastic tarp blowing a little in the wind and some daisies) and she just looked at them really really hard and I squeezed her past them and she was fine. If she had been in an english saddle I'm pretty sure they would have been more of an issue.

I'm not really sure whether she's just more laid back because I feel a little more comfortable with her in a western saddle (yay for saddle horn grabbing!) Or if she really prefers a western saddle.

I'm perfectly happy doing either one, possibly more happy in a western saddle with her since she's unpredictable at times and I feel more secure in the western saddle...

How would you decide? I'll probably end up doing a little of both all the time but I'd like to determine her favorite since she has so few favorites in general.

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-23-2009, 07:08 PM
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If you're more relaxed in the western saddle, she's definitely going to pick up on that. If you're doing mostly trail riding, go for the comfort and security of the western saddle! You're lucky you have a horse who can wear both types.
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-23-2009, 08:58 PM
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Agree with MyBoyPuck, you're more relaxed and your horse picked up on it.
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-29-2009, 03:45 PM
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If you're calmer in a western saddle, Lacy will pick up on that and will probably be calmer herself. It just depends on what you're most comfortable in.

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post #5 of 5 Old 07-04-2009, 12:55 AM
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yeah, id go for what you feel best in. Its obviously coming out in her. 8)

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