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post #1 of 3 Old 11-05-2012, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Western Bridles on English trained horses ?

Hi guys,

I was just wondering, can you use western tack on a English trained horse?

Do they need certain training? If so what ?

I have been searching all over the web and just cant find any information.

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post #2 of 3 Old 11-05-2012, 09:43 AM
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of course! the mechanics of everything are alike. For example, I train my OTTB in dressage but every now and then I pull out a western saddle and bridle and play around in it. For vice versa, I am training a draftxqh right now and I dont have a dressage legal bit for him (5.5 mouth). I use his western headstall with the big bit (tom thumb. YUCK) and the long split reins and we do dressage. If you are switching bits around you just need to make sure your horse is ok with it.
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If you're talking strictly about the leather part of the bridle, then as long as it's adjusted correctly, the horse won't know nor care. If you're talking about the bit too then that's different. You wouldn't want to try to direct rein (two hands) with a curb - they're meant for neck reining.

If you're talking about the saddle, it needs to be fitted properly.
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