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post #11 of 23 Old 12-17-2012, 10:27 AM
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No, that's not correct. Direct reining is for giving cues to the horse, not for 'steering'. You turn a horse with your seat and legs, and emphasize what you're asking with cues from the reins. Anyone who would use their reins for 'steering' a horse right or left is doing it incorrectly.
Oh I completely agree, but I'm referring to the basics you'll learn when you first start lessons - I suppose I should have been more specific, but you use you're whole body to steer Western too, so that doesn't differ. When students first learn to ride the bare basics are to 'pull' the horse in the direction you want the horse to go in. Once they develop the balance and skill to be able to use the rest of their body they should - but that takes time, muscle and coordination. So I'm just talking talking about the bare basic differences between western and english 'steering'.
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post #12 of 23 Old 12-17-2012, 10:32 AM
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Well the other day I got into a trot on a tb and that was in a stock saddle so what that be in english or western discipline or none lol... I feel like a complete idiot but I guess I have to ask questions too learn things hay! Im liking the sounds of english but I have a weak left knee ankle and foot so im stuffed there... So yehh....
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That could be anything :P What style of reining were you doing? (one hand or two?) - while some breeds are better at specific styles than others, they aren't limited to only being able to do that. So you could ride any breed English or Western.
As for your weak left leg, I don't know your specific situation, but I'll tell you I have several students (therapeutic riding) who have weak muscles and also ride English. :)
It's actually very helpful for them to work on their half seat and posting trot as it helps build the muscle and strengthen their coordination. Assuming your trouble with your leg isn't progressive (like arthritis, which would be made worse by too much stressful work).
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Well the other day I got into a trot on a tb and that was in a stock saddle so what that be in english or western discipline or none lol... I feel like a complete idiot but I guess I have to ask questions too learn things hay! Im liking the sounds of english but I have a weak left knee ankle and foot so im stuffed there... So yehh....
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It might actually help, depending on why that side is weak. If you like English, go for it! I would try Dressage though since the position might be easier on your leg.
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Lol ohk well I was using two hands on the reins... Oh yeh cool so hopefully my dream will come truee.. And doctors have said that id get arthritis in my ankle and foot when I get older.. Not sure about my knee though... You can inbox me if ya wanted more info... :)
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I would get a Dr.'s approval first, but I think it wouldn't hurt :)
I suggest just taking riding lessons in a bunch of different styles and then deciding which you enjoy most! Doesn't hurt to know a bit of it all :)
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It might actually help, depending on why that side is weak. If you like English, go for it! I would try Dressage though since the position might be easier on your leg.
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its because I broke all the bones in my ankle and I broke my foot.. And then recently dislocated my knee cap and now have 2 peices of bones floating around in there...and have fluid under my knee cap too... And did you say I should try dressage?
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I would get a Dr.'s approval first, but I think it wouldn't hurt :)
I suggest just taking riding lessons in a bunch of different styles and then deciding which you enjoy most! Doesn't hurt to know a bit of it all :)
ehh stuff what the doctors say... Lol I wanna ride they can't stop me :) and yeh I will :) thanks
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Look for reputable lesson barn in your area and start taking lessons for a while. If you are taught correctly from the beginning to trot/canter you won't have issues to switch.
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What kitten said is important.

I was thinking Dressage since the focus on the longer leg might be physically easier on your leg. Get your basics down first, watch some videos and shows and see what catches your eye. Once you have the pure basics down the rest is discipline specific style.
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Whats reputable?? Ok so do you suggest I maybe watch people do dressage ? What else should I do? And yeh I will thanks kitten
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