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Nita 06-25-2009 09:47 PM

New To English
So... I'm like... Brand new to English Riding and I know about... Nothing. Lol. I'm not jumping, just showing english in 4-h, and if I get better, hopefully QH shows... So. Can anyone tell me... anything? haha, I know, there's lots but right now, anything would help.

Thank you all so much!

Scoutrider 06-26-2009 07:31 AM

Good for you! I switched to English from western myself a couple of years ago, and I was in a similar "crash course" situation.

I would sign up for a couple of lessons with a trainer who has experience with English riding, with perhaps more of a dressage focus to start out since you don't plan on jumping right off. You won't need special tack for dressage or anything at your level, but that focus will give you a strong foundation. Most trainers will let you bring your own horse to ride, but if your horse is used to western, I would suggest taking a couple of lessons on a seasoned English horse, then bring your own and get some tips on the horse you will be using. The biggest difference I found was in the stirrups. It took some getting used to the shorter length and the "swingyness" lol. The secret is definitely putting that weight in your heels!

Good Luck!

Nita 07-05-2009 07:03 PM

lol thanks! I definitely could use the advice... ha. Could anyone advise me on like... Breeches? Equipment? I don't have a clue what I need.

chevaliernr 07-06-2009 12:02 PM

Just generally, and I'm going to include some very obvious things.

-Helmet (many English barns require that you wear a helmet)
-Jodhpurs/breeches Ariat Ladies All Circuit Side Zip Breech -
-boots, obviously

This is just a list for casual riding. Showing is a whole different matter. Different shows have a different set of required show attire, so once you figure out what you'd like to show in, you can find the specifics.

Nita 07-17-2009 08:32 PM

lol thanks. i'm showing in 4-h and we don't have like any trainers or anything because it's a really rural area... and the judge even has to drive like 3 hours to get there... so I'm kind of on my own, between what i can find on the internet and in books, i'm learning english. haha. so it's my first time EVER riding it and i have no idea... what are half chaps? and do you have to show with gloves? it's just a little show, but then i'm hoping to go to state... so that's more competition. any little tips you guys have help, trust me. I'm only riding in english eq. and english horsemanship/pattern classes. i have lots of trouble with keeping balanced, and i have issues with like, keeping my feet from getting too far forward.

any other tips?

chevaliernr 07-18-2009 01:02 AM

I've never done any formal showing, so I'll leave that for someone else to answer.
These are half-chaps: Ariat All Around Half Chaps -
Literally half a chap. However, I'm going to go ahead and say you'll probably need tall boots for showing: Ariat Heritage II Field Zip Boots 6 1/2 Med Reg -
Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Scoutrider 07-18-2009 07:53 AM

For showing, (In addition to the equipment that chevaliernr listed) you'll need black gloves, a dark colored hunt coat (navy blue is the general custom, but pinstripe, black, and hunter green are fine. Basically, if they sell the color of hunt coat, it's probably okay), beige or khaki breeches, field boots (with laces. I LOVE zip ups, it's worth the extra cost if you have it), a ratcatcher shirt in an unobtrusive color that matches your coat, and a velvet covered helmet. You can get away with a velvet cover at small shows, but at State level you'll probably need a separate helmet. Check your 4-H rulebook for your helmet safety requirements in your area. The 4-H Rulebook usually has some tips on what is required for the different classes and divisions. Your hair needs to be as contained as possible. Short hair can be covered in a full hairnet. Mine's longer, so I braid it and use a barrette with a net on it.

SSG Ladies Leather Pro Show Gloves -
Devon-Aire Ladies Concour Long Sleeve Shirt -
Troxel Grand Prix Show Helmet -
French Velvet Bow with Net -

As far as keeping balanced, if you have someone who can help you, ride on a lungeline a few times and focus on your position. Riding without stirrups is great balance practice, too.

Hope that helps! :D

xxBarry Godden 07-20-2009 11:45 AM

If you are prepared for some reading then look up
There are a lot of valuable helpful hints. Some info might be a bit advanced for a newcomer to English riding but the tack you need for the swop over is well discussed.
The biggest difference between Western & English lies in the cut of the saddle, the way you use the stirrups and the way you hold the reins. Eventually after lots and lots of practice - the horse will come to ride in a rounded outline
and the rider will hold the reins in such a way as to have permanent contact with the horses mouth.
But doing it all on you own without someone nagging from the middle of the arena will be a tough long haul.
But best of luck and enjoy.

Nita 07-20-2009 05:23 PM

thanks for all the help guys! mostly i think i am doing like... english horsemanship, like a pattern class, and english eq. lol i will definitely be using these sites.

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