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post #1 of 7 Old 12-04-2011, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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I am so conflicted... advice.

How many of you guys ride western & english (like both on a weekly bacis.)

I'm thinking about converting to western. I've been showing english for 8 years (hunter jumper). But honestly, i'm not happy. I feel like western could make me happier. (No showing, just pleasure stuff)

But I just spent $400+ on new english tack for my horse. That I can't return.

I'm so conflicted.. does anyone ride western in a D snaffle? Because that's all I have for a bit. He came with all of his western tack, so I already have a [crappy] headstall and saddle.


God, this is such a hard decision. I've invested so much in english...
And i'm so sad to say i'm not happy anymore.

Anyone ever been in a similar boat?


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post #2 of 7 Old 12-04-2011, 10:58 PM
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(No showing, just pleasure stuff)


I'm so conflicted.. does anyone ride western in a D snaffle? Because that's all I have for a bit. He came with all of his western tack, so I already have a [crappy] headstall and saddle.

This right here tells me that YES, you can ride him western in a D ring snaffle. It's not for show, so who cares what bit it is? If it aint broken, why fix it?

I cross western and English stuff all the time (but I don't show in it). In my opinion it is good to have a well rounded horse, so I ride them however I feel like it for the day. I have western, english, and australian tack. I also ride bareback. Although I usually ride western, I occasionally change it up.

I say if you wanna ride western, do it, with what you have already, it should not be hard to do.

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post #3 of 7 Old 12-04-2011, 11:00 PM
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I ride both, mainly english right now though. It's nice to be able to do both, especially since western is a bit more relaxed. I recently did the opposite of what you are doing, went from trail riding western to learning h/j english. If you have your english bridle, just use that with a western saddle. :) Do you already have a western saddle? You could see if there's anyone that would want to buy your english tack from you?
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I rode English for 30+ years and just switched over to Western Pleasure and want to learn to show in the trail classes. So yes, it can be done! And especially if you're burnt out on English for now, go play western for a while. I suspect maybe you're not so burnt out on English as maybe showing? I've been showing for 40 years and I'm thinking of calling it quits on showing for a couple of years, just take a break and do trails and play.
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Thank you guys so much. I'm burnted out on everything english. The barn where I ride at is completely western (the english barns ask WAYYY to much for board). So I feel so out of place there.

The pressure to be "perfect" in english is so rediculous. I'm absolutely sick of pushy instructors and stuck up horse shows. 8 years of showing in A rated shows, and I am at my witts end.

When I got my horse, I just wanted a buddy. And ended up pushing myself into trying to teach him english... (yeah not going so well.. )

I just want a buddy. A horse to go walking on trails with me. A best friend.. I don't know how I got caught up in this mess of spending astronomical amounts on english CRAP. Trapped... is the best word I guess.


*Haha I know, I ranted. * Oh well.. :)


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If you have your english bridle, just use that with a western saddle. :) Do you already have a western saddle? You could see if there's anyone that would want to buy your english tack from you?

Yep. He was a rescue from a summer camp that shut down.

So he came with everything I would need to ride western. It's in crappy condition, yes. But it will still work.
His bit on the other hard, was disgusting a rusty. So I won't use that. I have my english happy snaffle that he quite likes. But it will be a pain in the a** to switch it all the time. (So if anyone knows a safe way to remove rust. Let me know. Keep in mind, it will be in his mouth. So it can't be toxic.)


I don't think I should sell my english stuff yet. Considering how much it all was to buy in the first place, I don't want to buy everything all over again if I decide to ride english yet again.


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Cross riding is way good for you. I learned dressage and now ride western mostly, and sometimes in my dressage saddle. All times I use a snaffle, and really, there is not conflict. They all work together and all will help your seat and your knowledge.

Many people ride western in d ring snaffles. Good bit.
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