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tiffanyp1980 03-14-2008 07:01 PM

Western Tips
 
I am soon getting my first horse in 10 years. Before I was an English rider, doing Dressage, Stadium Jumping, Cross Country and 3 days eventing. What tips can you give me on switching to a western mount.

Vidaloco 03-14-2008 07:41 PM

You shouldn't have any trouble going to western with a good english foundation. I'm pretty sure the leg cues are the same. less direct reining, and of course the saddle weighs a lot more :lol: I've never learned anything english but there are lots of members who do both, so I'm sure you will get lots of responses and help.

sunburst 03-15-2008 01:18 AM

less contact and sit the trot :). I alway feel like I can relax a bit more western. :)

El Gato 03-16-2008 06:12 PM

It is easy to go from english to western, but next to impossible vice versa...
You just have to become laid back, literally.

Spastic_Dove 03-16-2008 09:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by El Gato
It is easy to go from english to western, but next to impossible vice versa...
You just have to become laid back, literally.


I disagree. I started western, and switched to english about five years later. Now I ride both and show and place consistently.

It's a common misconception that Western riders cant ride English just as well as someone who started on English -- With work of course as with learning anything new.

Western takes more work than you give western riders credit for.

JustDressageIt 03-17-2008 01:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by El Gato
It is easy to go from english to western, but next to impossible vice versa...
You just have to become laid back, literally.

I disagree that it's impossible, but I do agree that it is much easier to learn english and switch to western than vice versa.

nikelodeon79 03-17-2008 11:39 AM

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Originally Posted by sunburst
less contact and sit the trot :).

I think one of the most difficult things must be to learn to sit the trot. ;-) No posting in Western! I've had judges "yell" at me before (good naturedly) "Sit down on that horse!" and I'm not even an English rider! One of the points of western (especially Western Pleasure) is to look/be comfortable. Your horse should look like a pleasure to ride. ;-) There has to be a good balance of appearing relaxed, yet still being in control and not looking/being lazy.

Western horses neck rein rather than direct rein. I rely a lot on leg pressures with my horses, to the point that I could almost go bridleless. Cues should be nearly invisible. ;-)

What specific western events do you plan on doing?

FGRanch 03-17-2008 01:40 PM

^^ Very well said and described! ^^

tiffanyp1980 03-17-2008 07:17 PM

Well I am going to start off in WP, but want to run barrels evntually and pole bending!

JustDressageIt 03-17-2008 10:16 PM

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Originally Posted by nikelodeon79
Quote:

Originally Posted by sunburst
less contact and sit the trot :).

I think one of the most difficult things must be to learn to sit the trot. ;-)


I'm sorry, this just sounds odd... 90% of your riding should come from the seat.... I was taught as a young kid to sit my trot - hours and hours of no-stirrup work helped a ton.
When I start teaching again, this is one thing I'll impress upon EVERY student... I can't imagine not being able to sit!


Sorry, I'm a little flabberghasted...?


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