English horse to western riding--possible?

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  • Is it possible to ride english and western
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    12-28-2010, 11:07 PM
English horse to western riding--possible?

We have a horse who is trained for English riding and were wondering if it would be possible or confusing to train the horse to western-style riding? Can a horse do both, or just one exclusively?

Thanks very much!
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    12-28-2010, 11:08 PM
Yup, many horses can handle doing both!
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    12-28-2010, 11:09 PM
I use western as a way to relieve stress for my hunter/jumper. He loves western. I have found that some movements, like pivots or stopping, helps improve his lateral work in an English saddle. Try it out and see!
    12-29-2010, 12:34 AM
My horses have all done both...they may have an affinity for one or the other, but there is no reason to think your horse couldn't do both fairly well. I use english, now, as a break from western. But when I get a different english saddle that fits me better, I may do more english.
    01-01-2011, 07:48 PM
Horses can go english or western. They don't know the difference only we, as riders, do.
    01-09-2011, 06:10 PM
Thanks everyone. We unexpectedly got a horse who was trained English, and want to ride him Western, since I only know how to ride that way. I didn't want to mess him up, tho. It never occurred to me that since the horse thinks differently, he wouldn't really care :)
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    01-09-2011, 06:13 PM
That is very possible. I think it is a great thing to have a versitile horse that does a little bit of everything :)

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