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        08-31-2011, 03:19 PM
      #11
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    Netty, teaching an older horse might prove difficult, from what you say she is set in her ways. I'd certainly suggest that you sent both the horse and yourself to learn the American way together.

    Yes the show is a place to start - put yourself about and ask a few questions.

    Whenever I have been around Western riders in the UK - and there are quite a few - I have usually come away with the feeling that the social side of things is as important as the horsey side. And they do like dressing up.

    As for herding up your cattle, well, I tried it once and nearly died laughing.
    We eventually went and got the tractor. Our British cows aren't exactly American steers but luckily they don't have horns either.

    One thing Netty. There is no reason why an English rider can't sit on a Western saddle and ride the horse. The saddle makes it easier.
    And remember any horse you ride will pick up on your nervousness.

    It sounds to me as though you need to meet a placid pedigree Dales pony - that's just down the road from you.

    Mind you they can be expensive but one might look after you. Don't worry about the height - they were bred to carry lead across the mountains.

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        08-31-2011, 03:55 PM
      #12
    Trained
    I had a Quarter Horse in the UK and he was originally born in Drumnadroichit, although I bought him in Somerset where we were then living, so they are around.

    Here, this is a good place to look, I used to scan the sale ads religiously

    aqha.uk.com

    And this one, I haven't come across it before http://www.westernridinguk.co.uk/
         
        08-31-2011, 03:56 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    It sounds to me as though you need to meet a placid pedigree Dales pony - that's just down the road from you.

    Mind you they can be expensive but one might look after you. Don't worry about the height - they were bred to carry lead across the mountains.

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    I have just that! My mare is a pure bred dales who is around 18 years old. She is a confident but gentle mare who really looks after me and isn't phased by anything that I have come across just yet. I love the native breeds for their hardy, steady and caring natures, although I am sure that there are the exception to the breed just is in any breed. She is 14.2hh just the right height from me to mount from the ground being 5ft2in and when I went to view her she bought me not the other way round we have an amazing bond and when I get nervous or a little unbalanced she automatically slows down until I ask her to go again. I wouldn't trade her for anything. I like the sentence about getting the tractor out that would be me I do enjoy riding in a western saddle and to be honest I don't really have a riding style. I'm not really english as I never have short reins and am always moving my hands around to where I need to be whether that be low to encourage lowering of the head or one hand over towards the other to pick up the shoulder. I'm a very free rider and just do what I feel naturally that would probably make me a bad rider in some peoples eyes but that's how I ride. I always ride on a loose rein although I have to have more contact than I would like with my mare right now as she is used to having that contact there. I like to think I have amixture of the two styles but heck myabe I have no style I'm going to have to get a video up here so you all can see and decide what style I am.
         
        08-31-2011, 04:01 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
    I had a Quarter Horse in the UK and he was originally born in Drumnadroichit, although I bought him in Somerset where we were then living, so they are around.

    Here, this is a good place to look, I used to scan the sale ads religiously

    aqha.uk.com

    And this one, I haven't come across it before Welcome - Western Riding UK
    To be honest I don't think I would invest in another horse at the moment and I certainly wouldn't sell my mare. I do scan the sales ads quite regularly and have seen a relatively cheap QH/lusitano for sale but I have to shut my eyes to them kind of ads as my brain doesn't think rationally about horses I just get all excited and want them all. I then have to go to my trainer and she tells me not to be so silly I'm really looking forward to the show and I hope I can learn alot and decide if any of the western classes are something that I could realistically aim for. If not I will go back to riding my own style in a western saddle
         
        08-31-2011, 04:03 PM
      #15
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    Netty, you've got the horse - go find a cowboy
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        08-31-2011, 04:05 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Barry Godden    
    Netty, you've got the horse - go find a cowboy
    oops!

    I'm really trying I may need to move! Is that a little insane??
         
        08-31-2011, 04:08 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
    I had a Quarter Horse in the UK and he was originally born in Drumnadroichit, although I bought him in Somerset where we were then living, so they are around.

    Here, this is a good place to look, I used to scan the sale ads religiously

    aqha.uk.com

    And this one, I haven't come across it before Welcome - Western Riding UK
    Did you do any western classes with you QH?
         
        08-31-2011, 04:10 PM
      #18
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by netty83    
    To be honest I don't think I would invest in another horse at the moment and I certainly wouldn't sell my mare.

    LOL I was just suggesting it as a research tool, that's why I used it, as well as drooling over the ads, but I am a window shopper..

    Oh, and the horses I have here I ride English and Western, the spotty boy in my signature pic, I bought him to ride western, but he is equally good at English. My arab mare goes well in either style, and the big mare Bert who I have just restarted, and has always looked like an English horse me, has the best jog I've ever ever sat to, I'm hoping that the lope will be as good, and then I will be happy to ride her either style as well.
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        08-31-2011, 04:11 PM
      #19
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by netty83    
    Did you do any western classes with you QH?
    Only trail and Western pleasure
         
        08-31-2011, 04:17 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    That's what I would like to do have the choice to ride either or. Sounds like you have some great horses!
         

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