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    10-10-2010, 02:12 PM
Legs Western Vs English?

Is there a difference between how you use your legs to turn in English and Western? Like say you want to trun left, do you put pressure with your left leg, for the horse to turn around your leg, or do you put pressure on your right leg to "push" the horse away from your leg? For Western (reigning) riding vs English - are legs the same? Different? Sorry for the noive question, I have been out of riding for ages... :(
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    10-12-2010, 08:16 PM
For normal English and western they are the same. As for reigning i'm not sure but I believe they would be. (I've never done reigning before.)
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    10-12-2010, 08:22 PM
For normal English and western they are the same. As for reigning i'm not sure but I believe they would be. (I've never done reigning before.)
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    10-12-2010, 08:31 PM
Green Broke
It depends how, when, and where the rider was trained. I ride english and to turn, say left, I would keep my left leg close to the horse and slide my right leg back behind the girth. Lots of western riders only apply their outside leg.
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    10-12-2010, 09:56 PM
Green Broke
I ride english, and for a turn to the right, I would use left leg and rein with some inside rein.
    10-12-2010, 09:59 PM
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I ride western and I use my left leg to go right and my right leg to go left. However, I was taught to use my legs when I rode english and it was the same.
    10-12-2010, 10:08 PM
I ride strictly western and I only use outside leg unless I am asking the horse to bend a turn around something like a tree in tight quarters, then I might use a bit of inside leg just to move the ribcage over so the tree will clear my knee.
    10-12-2010, 10:22 PM
I ride English and Western and I use my legs the same way for both .
    10-12-2010, 11:51 PM
inside leg in English

I think the use of legs is basically the same, outside leg to "push" the horse over. Where the inside leg comes in is like where one person said when you really don't want to allow the horse to in any way "fall" to the inside. I think that English riders either DO actually use the inside leg more as a support in smaller turns OR, they feel that they are doing so because in comparison to Western riding, English riders have both legs close to ON at all times. W riders tend to keep the entire lower leg off the horse . (when done to the extreme, this is that awful leg braced out into the stirrup and sitting in a chair seat position that I hate seeing in W riders.)

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