Western training tips for english horse & rider. - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 07-24-2011, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Northern Ontario
Posts: 159
• Horses: 4
Western training tips for english horse & rider.

So overnight, I decided to put some western mileage on my 10 year old ottb mare. Both my mare and I are from a completely english background. She raced for a single season, had fifteen starts, never placed anywhere ahead of 7th. I've had her for almost 4 years now and we locally show 3'3"-3'6" jumpers. I'm more of a hobby rider rather than competitive so this is by no means meant to send me to the Calgary Stampede, it's solely just to expand her diciplines a wee bit

So can anyone explain to me the basics to introducing western pleasure? I'd just like to have her understand some neck reining and attempt to get a jog or lope out of her. Once I get the basics down, then maybe I'll introduce a bit more when we both understand a bit better.

She's ridden in a french link d-ring, has lots of 'go' but it's entirely controlable. She already moves well off your leg, responds great to light contact, but has your typical chestnut thoroughbred mare moments where she can be a bit snooty. Kissy/clucking chicken noises are a no go with her, she turns into the devil.

Thanks in advance! If you need anymore info let me know
AbbeyCPA is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 07-24-2011, 12:27 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 4,045
• Horses: 0
what you do is go back to basics. Get her traveling in a long frame and to do so in little contact (have a loop in the reins). she needs to drop her head and move along in a balance manner. Neck reining in English terms is called an indirect rein. That is what you are asking.

I never had an issue transitioning a horse between disciplines tho the horse tends to be very good at one and not so good at the other. I started ALL my horses the same way.. in a bosal and basic dressage to follow in a snaffle. while I would not say you need to go back to a bosal, you probably need to go to a loose ring snaffle and a longer leg on the horse and teach her she CAN lower her head and still work off hr hind quarters.

Dressage (which is just training) will likely help you a lot.

A good Western Pleasure horse transistions both in a gait and between gaits as smooth as glass... and does so on a very very light rein contact.

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~Winston Churchill
(or woman!!!! ) Dinosaur Horse Trainer
Elana is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old 07-24-2011, 07:38 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 23
• Horses: 3
Basically, the horse's head will be lower, and if you're thinking western pleasure, the gates will be slower, although a western horse is just as capable of going fast as an english horse, you can still ride "western" with english gates, most people do actually, especially when trail riding. The jog is basically a slower trot, not as extended, so try to keep your horse held back slightly, I don't mean pulling or yanking or whatever, but just lean back and let your horse know you don't want an extended trot. All the horses i've ridden have had the same canter as their lope, it doesn't really change except in western pleasure, where I personally think the lope looks painful, like the horse is limping, I don't like western pleausre, but I am a western rider, I used to ride english and found it too "contacty" I like the reining in western (neck reining) it feels more natural.
scenestorm is offline  
post #4 of 4 Old 07-25-2011, 02:13 PM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 40,769
• Horses: 2
I would do a lot of lateral work, and more backing up, too. Imagine that you are preparing your horse for a trail riding competition. Get her to step over logs, sidepass along a log (front legs on one side, hind on the other), back through a simple maze, turn on the fore and hind.
Lots of work like that , then do some trot work and really think "slow". Slow down your breathing and make yourself feel like an anchor, with your feet mentally drawing furrows in the arena sand. This will help to slow the trot of your horse, assuming that you are sitting this trot.
tinyliny is online now  

Quick Reply

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:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


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
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Changing a horse (and rider!) from English to Western. Nosipho Horse Riding 0 06-22-2011 05:43 AM
In the process of training a young gelding to accept a rider. Tips anyone? ArabianChic Horse Training 34 04-16-2011 09:44 PM
HELP! (English-western horse and rider) Angel5000 Jumping 20 03-31-2010 07:48 PM
Best Western and English horse and rider! Tasia Horse Contests 11 03-03-2010 09:49 PM
Western/English Differences... and Training Western Horse? FutureVetGirl Western Riding 2 08-25-2008 12:24 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome