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post #11 of 14 Old 06-06-2008, 08:11 PM
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I rode a horse for a friend and she had always ridden him western. I don't have any western tack so I asked if I could ride him in my english tack. He didn't have a problem with it. I actually think he liked it better. I think my english saddle fit him better than their western one.
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post #12 of 14 Old 06-06-2008, 09:59 PM
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Haha Lexi used to know how to neck-rein. She doesn't do it anymore of course (since she is now ridden English) but she used to! :) Although, sometimes if we go on a trail & I use Western reins she kinda does it ahhaa.

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Western babies are often started with direct rein. Horses here in Aus often compete in western and english and while they do better in one(usually) they do pretty good in the other.
When you put the english saddle on just take it slow and maybe run her round on a lunge to get the feel of it. She will probably be fine.
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Western babies are often started with direct rein. Horses here in Aus often compete in western and english and while they do better in one(usually) they do pretty good in the other.
When you put the english saddle on just take it slow and maybe run her round on a lunge to get the feel of it. She will probably be fine.
Gluey is correct.

I've found that it is easier to go from Western to English then the other way around. Direct rein is still used at times on a horse that neck reins and we always start a horse in a snaffle before moving to a curb bit.

The saddle will be the only thing that takes a little time to get used to. It will certainly have a different feel to it but after a little bit, it should not be a problem. The leg aids are the same so with a little time spent for acclimation, you should be fine..

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