Doesn anyone know how to get a western horse to ride english? I am able to do this on young horses, but this horse is 16. I just bought him and he is a solid western ranch horse from Montana, branded and all, and he was riddden once every few months. I am not very experienced in western, but I am very experienced in English. That is why I think I would be able to get him to be ridden more. He is a 16hh and very gentle and muscular! He shouldn't be wasting time in the pasture! Please, any help on this is accepted!
Sorry I ride western but I think he should be fairly easy to go from western to english. I think it would be tougher to go from english to western
He is probably used to neck reining so direct reining should be easy for him to pick up on, and the leg cues aren't that different as far as I know. You may have to say "whoa" instead of "halt" for a stop
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Yes, I don't see it being a problem. Even horses that neck rein are taught to direct rein first: he may not have done it in awhile, but I'm sure he'll remember it quickly. I assume he won't be as used to riding with steady contact though; I bet you'll have to move him into that more slowly.
I think what I might do is put on an english saddle and lunge him first. Then I will use his western bridle and maybe after a few days I will start riding. My horse has a western bridle that is one of those bits (i forget the name at the monent!) that is very small & thin. But he responds so well to any cue that he has cantered from a halt with a 10 year old on his back! Thanks for all of your help with this!