Western Pleasure to Eventer?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

Western Pleasure to Eventer?

This is a discussion on Western Pleasure to Eventer? within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        06-03-2010, 02:04 AM
      #1
    Weanling
    Western Pleasure to Eventer?

    Well my dream has always been to event and since I stopped riding Junior and started riding with a lady named Jess I thought I would have to give up that dream. But after talking to Jess she told me that she has one horse that could do cross country.

    Well the horse is named Magic and he is an Arabian gelding. I thought he was only trained for western pleasure but I found out that she trained him to jump as well. According to her he absolutely loves to jump and has the stamina to event.

    I am going to start working with him over fences first and then take him onto the XC course sometime this summer. So any suggestions on ways to help him adjust? He already knows how to jump and really enjoys it but his main career has been western pleasure. He is tired of being in the arena though and just doesn't want to perform as a WP horse so Jess thinks that switching him and trying him out on the XC course would be good for both of us.

    Any suggestions are welcome! :]
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        06-03-2010, 02:55 AM
      #2
    Banned
    If he really was trained over fences, as soon as you start re-schooling him, he'll pick up the idea. Just start with trot poles, low cross rails, and make sure he understands all of your leg cues.
         
        06-03-2010, 05:39 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    This is a surprisingly easy transition for the horse actually. This is because the horse is going from an unnatural gait to a natural one. There is nothing to be worried about, Magic should do fine.

    :)
         
        06-04-2010, 06:44 AM
      #4
    Started
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SugarPlumLove    
    This is a surprisingly easy transition for the horse actually. This is because the horse is going from an unnatural gait to a natural one. There is nothing to be worried about, Magic should do fine.

    :)
    Not necessarily, it depends on how he was trained, and how long he was used as a WP horse. Some horses pick up quick, some don't pick it up at all.

    Just don't push it, you need to work on getting your horse back to his regular gaits, slowly. It's almost as if you are starting from the basics and working your way up again. And getting his body, muscles, and mind, re-tuned/trained to jumping.
         
        06-06-2010, 12:38 AM
      #5
    Weanling
    It really depends on how he was trained for WP, if that was all he ever did, or if he knows the diffence in seat ques, etc. I have 2 examples. My 3yr old Morgan who is a western performance horse, and my 16yr old Arab who is a mix of everything.

    I trained Storm (my 3yr old) to have a nice western gait, I don't beleive in the traditional lope that is stilted so ask for more forward motion. He does a beautiful walk, jog, lope. Now that being said, when I post he knows that I want more forward motion at the trot so he will give it to me. If I ask him to frame up more like an english horse then he gives me more forward motion in the lope. For him the transition to english jumping will be very easy because he knows the difference in ques that I have already put in.

    Now take my 16yr old Arab Mercadies. We have only had him for about 4yrs but we know pretty much what he has done based on how he responds to different situations. He does (surprisingly) very well in a WP class as he will jog and he can lope almost on the spot it's so slow. Now I'm sure he was never tought to have a western head set as he ALWAYS carrys his head high but that is also part of his bread and I have no need for him to learn it now. Now he also has amazing forward motion, he loves to game, go fast, and make hard turns. He can go from that slow WP lope to a full out, charging down to the barrels in seconds, and then he can go right back down to the WP lope. For him it's ALL in the ques and how you set him up. He also jumps, I believe he has don't both Hunter and jumper just based on how he goes. We jumped him a little when we first got him but he was abused before we got him so gave him time off of that. This past summer I decided to give it a try again, we did a 2'3" course and he knew what he was being asked no problem. Again if I change how I ask for things with him then he will go to whatever it is that I want.

    So I guess the point of all of this is to say that if you have slightly different ques for the different things you want to do (ie: how you hold your reins, how you sit, etc) then the horse will pick up on that and know what you are asking at any given point. You should have no problem going from one area of riding to another.

    Hope that helps, and sorry that it was so long :)
         

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
    Message:
    Options

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Password
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Password:
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:

    Log-in

    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    Is he western pleasure? GottaRide Horse Riding Critique 10 12-16-2010 04:46 PM
    Possible Buy-Western Pleasure 1111aqua Horse Riding Critique 13 03-21-2010 07:58 PM
    More Western questions from the Eventer! StormyBlues Western Riding 35 01-05-2010 08:33 PM
    Western Mass Eventer.. barefoot Meet the Community 7 06-23-2009 04:04 PM
    Western Pleasure Small_Town_Girl Western Riding 9 07-02-2008 08:02 PM



    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:12 AM.


    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0