Western AND English - Can it really be that easy??

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    01-22-2009, 11:52 PM
Question Western AND English - Can it really be that easy??

Someone told me about one of their horses who was green broke under western saddle who they wanted to train also to ride under English saddle and how one day they simply threw the English saddle up on their back (not literally, of course) and put the bridle on (with the same snaffle from his western headstall) and that was that. He now rides western and English.

*He was never trained for neck-reining, if that makes a difference.

Can it really be that easy?
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    01-22-2009, 11:58 PM
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Yes. The vast majority of the horses I buy were previously western horses. My saddle is usually the first english saddle to touch their back.
    01-23-2009, 12:45 AM
Yeah, they can all be ridden in a western or english saddle more or less...
But usually they excell at one or the other.
    01-23-2009, 02:24 AM
Yea, I ride normally (exercise/training) in my English saddle, trails or off-site rides are usually done in Western (they are Inherently safer) all the time with the same English bridle...fairly common I understand...

I'd eventually like to incorporate two saddle into one, and Australian saddle, best of both worlds...
    01-23-2009, 03:38 AM
Yes, I know people that have there horses trained to do both.
    01-23-2009, 03:55 AM

I don't know, but these guys sure make it look like it:
    01-23-2009, 02:39 PM
Montana was primarily ridden western before I got him. His previous owner dabbled in english, but she prefered western.
Since I got him, I've been riding him english and I haven't had a problem.

Gem too was primarily ridden western (it was more of a western barn than an english) for trails, camp and lessons. Though I ride him english now.

Both of them neck rein.

I would think it would be easy to train a green horse (or any horse for that matter) because before they neck rein in western, they direct rein.
    01-23-2009, 03:26 PM
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My coming three year old will trot out. I havent put the english saddle on him yet, but he go's english and western, I'll show him all around this summer. The western horses start out in a snaffle bit and 2 hands anyway. They don't put the neck reign on them until a little later when they've learned to follow your seat and leg yielding and what not...
    01-23-2009, 04:32 PM
AND you can start them later in life. I bought my older one when he was 8, never had an english saddle on jumped a jump. He's a great western or english.
    01-25-2009, 03:41 PM
Yep. It really can be that easy. Of coarse the owner will have to take time to fine tune the training on the horse but its really not that difficult for the horse. I show my horse both english and western. My mom and sister did all the training on him. Here is a video off him.


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