Using western tack on an English horse?

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    06-26-2013, 01:48 PM
Using western tack on an English horse?

I just got a new horse who I named Luka. He is trained in English and was shown in English and as a jumper. My other horse was originally trained in western but I can ride both English and western on him and he doesn't care. I am not too fond of English saddles and bridles. I have an Australian saddle that I LOVE. I really want to get another but I would settle for a western saddle.
I'm not sure how Luka would respond to having a western or Australian saddle as well as a western bridle. He is extremely sensitive and he seems to get worried/confused about new things. His bit will be the same (I think it's a d-ring) and I will ride English on him, it's just his tack that would be different. Any opinions/advice?
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    06-26-2013, 01:55 PM
The horse won't care as long as the tack fits him properly.
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    06-26-2013, 03:10 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
The horse won't care as long as the tack fits him properly.
What she said. It makes no difference as long as the tack fits you and the horse.
    06-26-2013, 03:14 PM
I would start with a Western/Austrailian saddle and a snaffle bit. MY preference to switch to a western-type curb is to use a Pelham, which enables you to direct rein on the snaffle or the curb and to teach neck reining without getting off to change your bridle. If you can borrow one, that works well, but SLT and other online tack stores sell them pretty cheap, ~$20.00
I also have always trained my horses to both.
Just give him LOTS of praise so he knows that you are just teaching him some new skills, and NOT punishing him. IMHO he might have other issues. =D
    06-26-2013, 04:27 PM
My horses switch saddles regularly. The Aussie saddle I own is essentially English is design, although they make Aussie saddles that are similar to western ones. I use a western approach to using reins (slack, give an input when needed only), but 2 of the 3 use snaffles. The third is imperfect in her neck-reining, and responds better neck reining in a curb. She also relaxes more in a western curb, but did fine when a guest rode her yesterday in a snaffle.

Yesterday when I was warming her up before our guest (French exchange student) rode her:

My only suggestion: If you decide to try a western bridle & curb, do some work on the ground getting him used to it first, and ride a couple of times in a controlled area before going out. I have yet to have a horse care much about what style saddle was on its back, provided the saddle fit. The bit is a 'bit' more personal...
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    06-28-2013, 06:38 AM
Green Broke
I don't think your horse would mind.

Unless your western saddle has a rear cinch which many English horses aren't used to. If so, lunge with it first.
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    06-28-2013, 07:22 AM
^^ yup I agree with Saskia
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    06-29-2013, 01:31 PM
Originally Posted by Saskia    
I don't think your horse would mind.

Unless your western saddle has a rear cinch which many English horses aren't used to. If so, lunge with it first.
You don't have to cinch up the rear cinch. I NEVER ride with one, and have removed them from my western saddles. However, you must desensitize your horse to it, otherwise it can become a bucking strap. This type of training should always be done, anyway, so I suggest you do so.
The back cinch was introduced to the Western saddle, which never had one in the 19th century, or the Sears Robuck catalog edition, for the purpose of keeping the saddle down during slide stops and showing manuevers, therefore, not necessary for trail riding.

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