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  • Difference between a western and English bridle
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    10-26-2010, 12:19 AM
Green Broke
Question English Bridle??

Ok so my 6-year-old mare was originally trained english but is doing very well western also. Goes alright on a loose rein & is picking up neck-reining & all that good stuff, very fast.
When we start to run however, I find she does best with more contact as she tends to slow, then speed up, slow, speed up & weave if I let her run on a loose rein.
Also, if we're trying to run circles or attempt jumps, she'll bend her head alright but at times will refuse to bend her body & bolts like that. She bends wonderfully at a walk & trot, but it's that dang lope/gallop.
This is the main reason we haven't actually run a barrel pattern yet & when I try some jumping in the yard she gets excited/worked up the moment she sees the jump or even ground poles & I can't get her to run straight at them therefore making it almost impossible to direct her to the next jump.
I was wondering if she may do better in an english bridle/something with more contact. Right now she's in my western headstall with either a d-ring snaffle or shanked training bit.
What do you think? Would better contact with her face & bit be more affective at helping to keep her more balanced/focused (i guess i'd say).
What's the BIG difference between western & english bridles?
If so, what kind would be best.
Any other suggestions would be great as well
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    10-26-2010, 01:51 AM
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Are you currently using a snaffle? You direct rein or neck rein?
The only real differente between E bridle and W bridle is the noseband and the bit (but even the tradition snaffle bit of E riding is soooo common in W riding nowadays.)

Her throwing her head up and getting stiff at the canter/lope could be a comfort issue, maybe connected to her back in some way. If you are sure her saddle fits well and her back has no soreness or malalignment issues, then maybe she does need the support of more constant bit contact. But it would have to be really steady. If it isn't, then the throwing of the head could be her anxiety of a kind of contact at the lope that is intemitten and possibley harsh, rather than constant, soft and giving withthe motion.
    10-26-2010, 11:22 AM
English bridle is no different than western bridle contact-wise (if you use snaffle on either of them). I ride english still use western bridle on trails (because my western bridles way cheaper than fancy english one). Frankly I'd suggest you to post your question in "Training" or "Riding" section rather than "Tack and Equipment" (as it sounds like training issue to me).
    10-26-2010, 01:07 PM
Green Broke
Yes, like I said she only has an issue at anything faster than a trot, unless she's with another horse. Maybe it's a confidence issue? It seems that if I ride more in an english style, sort of balancing over her shoulders, with both reins snugged up & not relaxed or on a loose rein she does better out on the trails/roads. In an arena though, it doesn't matter. She just seems to get way too excited/jittery.
    10-27-2010, 07:55 AM
Bumping up for the OP!

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