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        11-30-2009, 10:55 PM
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    Yearling
    western and english

    Can a horse be taught to wear both a western and english saddle? Or a western, stock and english saddle?
         
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        11-30-2009, 11:18 PM
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    Started
    Absolutely! I have a finished barrel horse who has no problem with me slapping an English saddle on his back and going on a trail ride. Also, the transition from one saddle type to another is pretty easy; most of the time anyways.
         
        12-01-2009, 12:37 AM
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    Green Broke
    The horse does not care what saddle it has on, as long as it fits and is placed properly. Some horses that have never seen a big western saddle may balk at first, but once they realize the flapping stirrups and squeaky skirts won't hurt them, they're fine.
         
        12-01-2009, 12:41 AM
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    Green Broke
    My horse does both :p I find no problem with switching!
         
        12-01-2009, 03:11 AM
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    Showing
    Yep, a good horse should be able to go well in any type of saddle that fits. Agree with luvs2ride about the first time they see a big western saddle, they might wonder what they heck it is. Also, if they have never been ridden western and you put a heavy roping saddle on them with a back cinch, they might be a little unsure at first just because they feel so different but they should be able to get comfortable with it quickly.
         
        12-01-2009, 08:38 AM
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    Showing
    If you do put on a Western saddle with a rear cinch, be sure you lunge him right up through a canter before riding him. I broke my foot from being bucked off a horse that I didn't take that precaution with (I landed very wrong and my spur twisted causing the bone in my instep to fracture). Now, every new horse I bring in, if I haven't seen him ride in a rear cinch, gets lunged first!
         
        12-01-2009, 05:42 PM
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    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    If you do put on a Western saddle with a rear cinch, be sure you lunge him right up through a canter before riding him. I broke my foot from being bucked off a horse that I didn't take that precaution with (I landed very wrong and my spur twisted causing the bone in my instep to fracture). Now, every new horse I bring in, if I haven't seen him ride in a rear cinch, gets lunged first!

    Ouch! That would have hurt!
    Thanks everyone, I was really curious because I want to try riding in a western saddle one day but I ride english much more and so I wanted to know if when I get a horse I could try both saddles. I will defiently take precaution with it though :)
         
        12-01-2009, 06:57 PM
      #8
    Super Moderator
    Yes, here are some pics of Mrs. Trails riding Ricky, English and Western all in the same day, they won 2 blue Ribbons in English and 3 in Western that Day





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