Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: west palm beach, fl
I do english and western with my annie, and i've found that the simplest way is to have completely different, but equal in effect bits for the different disciplines, and be sure to ride like that discipline calls for every time you use that bit. I use a Dring snaffle every time I ride english, I try to keep her in frame, and if I plan on doing english gaits/jumping bareback.
I use a simple shank snaffle when I want to do western, and I ride her low and long, keep her at a jog and a lope (as opposed to the english trot and canter). She knows when she gets the bridle on what kind of work we'll be doing that day.
It works for anne, it may work for your mare too. Good luck :)