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post #1 of 6 Old 03-26-2014, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Starting off right

I will hopefully be taking riding lessons soon at a stables that offers English only. I really want to do reining eventually (meaning, of course, that I'd have to switch to a barn that teaches western), so is there anything I should watch out for so I don't create a bad habit in the way I ride?
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-27-2014, 03:10 PM
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heels down, head and eyes up, and keep your ear,shoulder, hip and ankle in a straight line. Those are the ones that we teach the people when they would come for lessons. It really affects your balance, but thats just the tip of the iceberg!! Have fun!!
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post #3 of 6 Old 03-29-2014, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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heels down, head and eyes up, and keep your ear,shoulder, hip and ankle in a straight line. Those are the ones that we teach the people when they would come for lessons. It really affects your balance, but thats just the tip of the iceberg!! Have fun!!
Thank you! I really appreciate it, and will be sure to remember that.

Will riding in an English saddle make it difficult to transition to a Western saddle?
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not really. Good posture and horsemanship are still good posture and horsemanship. For reining you will have to get used to horses that stop and turn MUCH harder and faster, but that wouldn't be different from changing from Western pleasure to reining.
Do watch how used to riding with contact you get, as that will be a big difference in reining.
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-07-2014, 05:59 AM
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In addition to heels down, toes up...make sure your back is straight and your legs are directly under you. It is easy to slip into "chair position", with your knees in front of your body. You want to make sure you learn the muscle memory right off the bat that your head, shoulders, hips, and heels should all be in a straight vertical line. Once you have mastered that, it is easy to change disciplines (ie. hunt seat is a bit forward, reining you will definitely have a different posture). But learn the basics first! :)
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-07-2014, 07:00 PM
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I think starting out English (like I did) helped me be more balanced than if I had started Western. I love my Western saddle, though! It makes me feel way more secure on the horse, but that's because the saddle is doing some of the work and not 'me' (which probably isn't good, but oh well!)

“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare
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