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    10-19-2012, 02:46 PM
  #1
Foal
Red face Talk to me about switching styles...

Hey everyone,

I'm new here and thought some of you might want to share their thoughts and tips on my current situation:

I've been riding English (competitively for 15 years) pretty much all my life, was never exposed to Western style at all.

I bought my new gelding in the summer as a Dressage prospect, only does he not want to be my dressage prospect. He wants to be a Western horse. How I know that? Well, he does "participate" in Dressage training but his mind isn't at it and he seemed unhappy of sorts. And I knew he was once upon a time started Western, so I threw the tack on him and he's a different horse. Active, eager to please, happy. Ok, then, we'll ride Western from now on. I want him to be content, because I truly believe that we'll only be successful and have a good relationship in the long run if we find something we both enjoy.

Here is the catch: I have never, never, ever had a thing to do with Western and I don;t know what direction to go into etc. Can the ones who have successfully mastered the switch give me some pointers, please?
Also, YES, I DO HAVE A TRAINER. But only once a week and weather permitting. We don't have an arena.

Any thoughts are appreciated.

Tara
     
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    10-19-2012, 02:59 PM
  #2
Weanling
I was in the same position you were a few years ago, personally I do Western just for fun and to change it up, keep the horse from getting bored. I ride both English & Western competively now.
     
    10-19-2012, 03:15 PM
  #3
Showing
If I had my "druthers" I'd do reining. But, I also think Competitive Trail Riding woudl be cool. I ride both, but ride W on trails mostly. I dont' compete at all.
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    10-19-2012, 03:17 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Well first ya gotta look the part. Get ya a hat, bigger is always better, and some genuine goatroperboots, the taller the better, some jingle jangle spurs and a belt with a trashcan lid for a buckle and your name in the back. Start walking around with your thumbs hooked behind said buckle.
Next lesson vocabulary.
     
    10-19-2012, 03:20 PM
  #5
Showing
Ever so helpful, Joe.
     
    10-19-2012, 03:21 PM
  #6
Trained
Joe, you are behaving badly again.
     
    10-19-2012, 03:28 PM
  #7
Showing
I never made "the switch" but have rode english & western both my whole life. Do you know what his western training background was in? What western disciplines appeal to you? There are a lot of fun things to do depending on where you both are comfortable going.
     
    10-19-2012, 03:42 PM
  #8
Foal
Sadly, I have no idea what his previous training was in, I guess if I was experienced, I could probably tell (as I could tell with an Eglish ridden horse).
My boy is 16.1 hh and 12 years old, I'm the opposite of a speed demon, so guess the barrels are out, although they are great for training purposes, just with out the tick-tock-part =)
I had to you tube how to do the cinch up, felt like the biggest idiot.
     
    10-19-2012, 03:51 PM
  #9
Showing
Since you aren't a speed demon maybe show trail? It takes a lot of work, precision body control & rider finesse (might appeal to your dressage side?) and is a lot of fun when you get good at it. It offers a lot for a horse to "work" at, sounds like he is eager to please, might be a fit for him. Any pics of your guy to share with us?
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    10-19-2012, 04:21 PM
  #10
Foal


This was still in English gear. =)
     



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