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post #1 of 15 Old 06-15-2011, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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riding a western trained horse in an english saddle?

so. If I saddled my Western trained mare in an English/Australian saddle, and rode her with the same bridle and cues as I would regularly, would she accept it? or would the different saddle confuse her?

I'm asking because if my putting a diff. saddle on her wouldn't affect our riding, then I'm going to sell two of the three Western saddles I'm not using, & buy an English saddle.

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post #2 of 15 Old 06-15-2011, 07:52 PM
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in short, yes. she will be fine.

maybe give her a quick little lunge in it before you ride. as lond as you are giving the same cues, the type saddle doesnt make that much of a difference.

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As long as the new saddle fits well, your horse should not know the difference. You may want to let them sniff it before you put it up on their back. And if you are not used to riding in an English saddle you will want to take it easy at first. You may feel a bit more "precarious" and may end up gripping with your leg, which for a sensitive hrose WOULD feel different.

I ride in Engl and West saddles regularly. it's great to mix it up!
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I think my english horse would loose her mind if i put a western saddle on her, she actually spooked at one sitting in the indoor the other day lol. I have put an english saddle on my western horse and he was completely fine. I think switching from western to english is an easier change for the horse since the saddles are generally much lighter and smaller
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Rachel ive found the opposite in my experience. an english saddle may be lighter and smaller, but with the riders weight exerted on the smaller panels of an english. the person will "feel" heavier.

just like if i steped on your foot with the heal of a riding boot, and then with my stilettos. it's the same weight, but that stiletto will hurt.....im not saying english saddles hurt horses!

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Rachel ive found the opposite in my experience. an english saddle may be lighter and smaller, but with the riders weight exerted on the smaller panels of an english. the person will "feel" heavier.

just like if i steped on your foot with the heal of a riding boot, and then with my stilettos. it's the same weight, but that stiletto will hurt.....im not saying english saddles hurt horses!
haha I never really thought about it that way, I won't be trying to ride my OTTB western tho, her gaits are not western at all lol...and I really do think that if she saw me trying to throw a huge western on her back she would lose it a bit lol
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ive ridden all my ottbs ive had in for re-education in western. all have gone extremely well in them. And my saddle is close to 20kg (44lbs)

my main man is a ottb himself, and prefers the western saddle. he's starting his western career this season he's gone so well in it.

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When I got Cooper he had never been ridden english. He didnt even bat an eyelash at the idea. I think he looks good either way, it really depends on what mood I'm in when i ride. I didnt notice any ill effects putting him in english tack. I did lunge him a few times in it to get him used to it.
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I've ridden my horses in English, western and Australian saddles. The saddle shouldn't make a difference as long as it fits the horse!
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I'm a primarily western rider but have shown & ridden hunt seat as well.

The only horse that was different under the english saddle was an old barrel mare we had years ago. For her it was the difference in how weight is distributed and under an english saddle she assumed she should work faster. She figured it out after a few rides. Always joked & told my mom I wanted to run her english as she apparently felt very free lol!
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