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        06-29-2010, 03:04 AM
      #1
    Yearling
    Trying Some English?

    I am really missing riding English, as that is what I did up until I got my own horse, who is all western.

    She is quite good in reining and western pleasure, but she can't do reining competitively anymore due to sore joints.
    She is great with the curb bit and has a lower head carraige. Though, I really want to ride english for a little bit. I would like to do both disciplines, so I don't get bored with just one.
    I also really wanted to do jumping again, down the road.
    My horse, is a quarter horse, but she isn't like those bulldoggy qh's, she is kind of in between. At the moment she is quite fat, but she is getting some muscle, and when she is normal weight, she looks quite small.

    Would training her in english and riding both styles different times in the week MIX her up?
    Like, will it confuse her, and she won't do as well in western anymore?

    I want to compete in some local shows in western pleasure and horsemanship.. but I also wanted to do some english in the shows too.

    I have only owned her for about 6 months... would it be best to wait until next year to start teaching her english? Or.. Should I start now, or will it wreck her western headset?

    Please help me out!
    Thanks soo much!
         
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        06-29-2010, 01:14 PM
      #2
    Yearling
    Please, any advice would be awesome :)
         
        06-29-2010, 06:29 PM
      #3
    Showing
    It shouldn't change her at all except to make her more versatile. I would make sure that you kept the tack different like for western, use a curb bit and for english, use a snaffle. It is amazing how horses will pick up that this certain tack means they are expected to do one thing and this other tack means they are expected to do this other. My brother's horse Snuffy is a perfect example. If Jason puts his saddle and bit on him, he will crow-hop every time you ask for any speed more than a walk. However, if my niece's bit and saddle are on him, he is one of the most mellow, laid back horses at any gait.

    Just keep the training solid and don't ask for too much too fast (like expecting her to travel on contact in just a few weeks). She should do fine with whatever you want to do. QH are an amazingly versatile breed.
         
        06-29-2010, 06:35 PM
      #4
    Yearling
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    It shouldn't change her at all except to make her more versatile. I would make sure that you kept the tack different like for western, use a curb bit and for english, use a snaffle. It is amazing how horses will pick up that this certain tack means they are expected to do one thing and this other tack means they are expected to do this other. My brother's horse Snuffy is a perfect example. If Jason puts his saddle and bit on him, he will crow-hop every time you ask for any speed more than a walk. However, if my niece's bit and saddle are on him, he is one of the most mellow, laid back horses at any gait.

    Just keep the training solid and don't ask for too much too fast (like expecting her to travel on contact in just a few weeks). She should do fine with whatever you want to do. QH are an amazingly versatile breed.
    Thank you so much smrobs! I wasn't sure if the tack would let her know what I will be riding her in, but you just cleared that up for me :)
    I am so happy that I can do some english with her!
    Another thing I was wondering though.. when I begin to start training her english, should I keep with it until she gets to know it? I mean, like if I were riding her 2 days english, then a western lesson, then practice western riding, then english( in one week) and so on. Or will that confuse her abit?
    Should I just do english solidly for about a month to get her introduced, then do some western again?
    Or does it really matter?

    If if would be easier to do english and not western in between while she is learning, I will have to let my riding coach know, so she can help me out with training her in english.

    Sorry for asking so many questions, I am just unsure whether that would be weird for her..

    Thanks again!
         
        06-29-2010, 06:36 PM
      #5
    Green Broke
    I don't think it would mix her up, my horsey does them both easily. She won't ever be a Reiner, but I am teaching her to spin, and she neck reins perfectly. And we are doing second lvl dressage this year, I don't use different tack even, I just watch my aids. I love doing both with rena, we even do polocrosse and jumping and anything else I can come up with, LOL. :)
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        06-29-2010, 06:38 PM
      #6
    Showing
    You may find that it would probably go quicker if you stuck with english for a while but there is no rule saying that "this" is how it must be done. She will learn it just as well but it may take a little while longer if you are flip-flopping back and forth. You do whatever you want to do and as long as you are consistent, she will learn.
         
        06-29-2010, 06:43 PM
      #7
    Yearling
    Thank you both alot! I am thinking that I might start some english with her in a bit. I will have to see if my saddle and bridle fit her though, or else I will have to buy some other tack.

    Thanks again alot! <33
         
        06-29-2010, 07:34 PM
      #8
    Yearling
    I remember when I was a kid in 4H, My little mare who was in her teens when I got her. She was passed down through many 4H kids and did it all. Ride in western tack with a curb and jog her, around , even game on her , or ride in a snaffle and jump. She was also a driving pony at one point and the best trail pony ever!
    She knew what to do based on how you rode and what tack you used...she taught many kids to ride : ) How I miss that pony!!
         
        06-29-2010, 10:18 PM
      #9
    Foal
    My horse does both but I didn't train him. He is an Arab so in Western he has his head lower than in English and he knows that as soon as put his tack on.
         
        06-30-2010, 03:01 PM
      #10
    Yearling
    Thanks so much! And, it is not like I am going to go to world level shows in one disclipine or something.. in that case I would only be doing one discipline. But, I just want to have fun, and try some local shows, but winning doesn't matter much to me.

    Thanks!
         

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