training horse to english??? HELP!!!!!!!
if a horse is western, how do you get him or her to be english too?
I was training an western horse for english for a while.
We really just put him in english tack and he started to get used it.
he's still learning to jump and is progressing (:
It will take some time and patience. A very good idea is to have a professional help you. They can help you to make sure you get English tack/equipment to fit him/her correctly. Treat him/her as if he/she is very green and start from the walk, then move through the gaits to make sure he/she is comfortable in the English tack. The hardest part will be teaching him/her to turn using single reins instead of neck reining. (Tip: keep some contact with the outside rein when trying to turn either direction for support. Don't just turn off the inside rein) At he trot he/she will have to get used to you posting instead of sitting. Eventually, he/she will learn to extend his/her trot step from a jog, but to start with a jog is fine if that is what he/she is comfortable with. When cantering he/she may be confused with your higher leg position and possibly pick up the wrong lead. Take it slow and bring him/her back to the trot or walk and try again. After he/she gets accustomed to the new tack/routine you can start working on bending, circles, figure eights and serpentines. After he/she is comfortable in the English tack then you can try to switch back and forth if that is what you are wanting to do. Best of luck! Have fun!
I've been wondering this too actually
When working, use your leg to encourage him forward.
Above and Foal good ideas. But first you have to get him/her used to an English bit. A loose ring or fixed ring jointed snaffle to start with - very kind in a horse's mouth. then as Foal suggests, and above. yOU WILL HAVE TO LEARN TO USE THE LEG, WHOLE BODY TO SEND SIGNALS TO YOUR HORSE. (sorry, accidently used cap lock). But above all, you and your horse are relearning, be patient with your horse, and yourself!
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