06-17-2010, 10:57 PM
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Exactly what Eliz said. Unless you're doing Western Pleasure, there isn't necessarily a drastic difference in the gaits between English and Western. Reining, for example, uses the same type canter. I personally find it MUCH easier to teach a Western horse English as opposed to vice versa. Probably because almost all horses are started in snaffles anyway, so they know what a bit and a slight contact is like already. Hence why I'm focusing hard on slow and easy with Jynx right now - she was getting very rushy in her gaits, and it tends to be a lot easier teaching a slower horse to increase tempo and extension. I want her going dual as well, so I'm going to work on her Western training now, and when she's got that down, move onto more English riding. She's ridden in a snaffle on a loose contact already as is until she learns neck reining.