Right, so my new horse is trained in western, although, as I understand it, she was only used for trails and isn't trained in all the intricaies of western pleasure as opposed to english riding. Hopefully this will come in handy when training her into english for me. I doubt it will cause much trouble, but I would like to hear other's opinions on training a western horse to english (reigning, leg cues, ect)?
I've been doing just the reverse, training a horse who is used to english reining (she was a harness racer) and going to western. Just do a little bit each time you ride. Move in circles and loops teaching him to follow the bit instead of the neck (if he neck reins), I think teaching him to lead english is easier than taking an english horse and training to follow by neck... Anyway, horses learn quickly and the two of you are still in the "get to know each other phase". Work on your bonding and such and when you ride use your english skills with him, and show him this is what you expect from him now.....be patient and he'll start to see that you're doing things new and different, and then he'll open up to wanting to learn it....If you want to go english completely, don't confuse him by bouncing between western and english....stick to one or the other so that its clear to him that its time for something new. As you move on, he'll just start getting better and better and will surprise you.
Yeah I've heard of alot of people who switch horses from western to english.I would say that just being prepared for any disagreements your horse may have.Never let your horse have its way if it means not cooperating with you.
P.s I haven't heard of many that have switched from english to western!!!how interesting!