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post #1 of 7 Old 11-03-2011, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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riding english then switching western

I'm going back to taking lessons i want to switch to western and start barrel racing.I only jump about a foot with out getting scared of falling off.i had a few incidents and am now a bit nervous.im thinking of waiting until i can jump a 2'6 course safely and confidently.then i want to switch to doing barrel racing.i wanted to know what you all think.or how i could better do it.
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-03-2011, 07:09 PM
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I usually ride western, but eventually I have to turn around and head eastern to get back to the house.
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-03-2011, 08:01 PM
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I ride & show both english & western. I ride english way more because I feel it's a better work out for me & the horse. However my horse loves going western, low & slow is his thing. I can relate about the jumping, my horse jumps & had done some pretty awesome courses with a trainer. I got him back from the trainer & jumped him hmmmm 2X. Next show season, I promised my coach I would practise & take him in cross poles, if that goes ok, we can move on. Jumping does scare me, I love the feeling but being older & if I fall, I break. Absolutely no reason why you & your horse can't switch it up & go back & forth between disciplines, lots of riders do this.

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I never made is past ground poles in my english lessons before I switched to western. (that was when I was...12(?)) I've always been afraid of jumping. Even though it looks awesome!
Like waresbear said, no reason you can't switch back and forth if you want to do that.
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-04-2011, 10:48 AM
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I ride both. Take western lessons but i just like riding in an english saddle due to i feel that my western saddle is too big for my two year old TB (I know she's young. She's and OTTB who is a dead head. Ive just been going on trails with her mainly. Definitally no jumping) But theres not a WHOLE lot of a difference in the riding style. Some different terms but ive had an english intructor tell me that the cues and everything are the same and in general you sit in the saddle the same. Just different phrases and different tack.
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-04-2011, 11:40 AM
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Sure you can switch back and forth from english to western, as long as the horse is trained for both.

I had an awesome paint mare a long time ago. She knew the difference between the western gear I put on her for trail, barrels and poles and the english gear I put on her for hacking and jumping.

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post #7 of 7 Old 11-04-2011, 11:49 AM
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Sounds like you need more confidence. I would work on that aspect first. I'm not sure why, if you are scared of jumping 1', that you want to jump 2'6" before making the move over to Western.

If you feel that you will have more confidence in a Western saddle, then that is what you should try. Barrel racing is very different then jumping and you may feel better in a deep seated saddle that you can grab on to in those turns then having to get out of a saddle over a jump.

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