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Harlee rides horses 01-23-2009 07:09 PM

Is it easier...?
Is it easier to train a horse western first and then teach them English?
Or English first and then to western?

I've been told western to English is that correct?

I'm working Lizzy both English and western but I work mostly on western...

farmpony84 01-23-2009 07:13 PM

definitely, do western first, my thoughts.

StormyBlues 01-23-2009 09:38 PM

I would say english first. It helps you feel the horse better and teache them how to respond to you on a contact. Then you can start letting the reins out. It also depends on the horse and the trainer et cetera.

farmpony84 01-23-2009 09:46 PM

the reason I say western first is because in my opinion, it's easier to push a horse forward and to get them extended then it is to collect them up into a frame and to slow them down.

You could definitely move faster by teaching a horse english first but ... again my words arent working for me...

smrobs 01-24-2009 06:13 PM

I think I would prefer teaching a horse western first. If nothing else than for the saddle. It is much easier for me to ride a young or spooky horse in a western saddle. Especially if they decide to buck. I also think it is easier to teach a horse to start collecting on the bit from a loose rein than go to a loose rein from constant collection. But that may just be me.

Jubilee Rose 01-24-2009 09:41 PM


Originally Posted by smrobs (Post 237562)
I also think it is easier to teach a horse to start collecting on the bit from a loose rein than go to a loose rein from constant collection.

I agree 100% with this. When I work my horse, I always warm up on a loose rein first anyway.

zanytactics 01-24-2009 09:53 PM

English, get a better foundation.... You don't have to start off with contact to start a horse off English. Starting English you first have to get the horse moving from behind then once you master that is when you start asking the horse to accept contact and more collection. That's just my opinion.

bgood400 01-25-2009 02:17 PM

I think western first is a lot easier. Its easier to move a horse forward then try to slow them way down and keep them collected.

horseMAD 01-25-2009 10:11 PM

English, because you get better control and alertness. But Western first is just as good!! :)

xeventer17 01-25-2009 10:40 PM

I would personally say that it's better to teach a horse english first because english is much closer contact than western which can be very helpful in keeping your aids clear. The key to english is not extreme contact with the mouth, you can keep your horse on as loose of a rein as western if you feel it necessary. The key is teaching your horse to move from behing, balance, and to hold himself up. I've found that once your horse is trained in english it is very easy to switch to western, but it also depends on the horse.

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