Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Southeast PA, USA
I would personally say that it's better to teach a horse english first because english is much closer contact than western which can be very helpful in keeping your aids clear. The key to english is not extreme contact with the mouth, you can keep your horse on as loose of a rein as western if you feel it necessary. The key is teaching your horse to move from behing, balance, and to hold himself up. I've found that once your horse is trained in english it is very easy to switch to western, but it also depends on the horse.