Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Alberta, Canada
Switching from Western to English?
The mare I'm getting in a couple days has been ridden western all her life. She's done a lot of trails and that kind of riding. And she is 18 years old. I have taken a lot of English lessons and am more experienced at that style of riding, however I have no problem getting a western saddle and riding her the way she's been ridden. I'm not going to be competing with her anyways - just riding for my own pleasure - and to help her lose weight! Lol!
But there are some people that think I should ride English since I've been trained that way. They told me that it is not that hard to retrain a horse to English and they will just follow what you tell them to do. Is this true?
I'm really wondering, because when I went up to see her and ride her, I had contact on her mouth (thinking english) but she started backing up because she is used to no pressure on her mouth with the western riding. I really don't want to confuse her - especially at 18 years old. I'm thinking of in the future getting a younger horse, maybe between 2 and 3 years old and training it English. But Berdi certainly is a Western horse and has been all her life.
Any advice would be much appreciated!