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Puddintat 09-03-2011 07:49 PM

English vs. Western
 
I'm sure this is a total newbie question. I read posts about people saying certain horses seem more english vs. western vice versa. Is this because of how they move? For instance, if they are more forward maybe they should be english?

I don't exactly know the history of my horse, Dancer. I ride him in a western saddle 95% of the time. I have used a dressage saddle a few times and had dressage lessons. The girl that I have leasing him uses an english saddle. Does it really matter that we flip flop? He does like to be forward and I do have trouble getting him to do a nice slow jog vs. a fast trot. (I think its me because other people make him go slow.)

Does it only matter if I plan on showing him?

WesternSpice 09-03-2011 07:55 PM

I don't believe a certain type or breed of horse should be restricted to a discipline. I am a strong believer that any horse can do any thing. It depends on what type of showing you would plan on doing. If it's WP, yes, people would like the horse to be slower, but if you want to take up gaming, or barrel racing it doesn't really matter.

MHFoundation Quarters 09-03-2011 09:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Puddintat (Post 1161359)
I'm sure this is a total newbie question. I read posts about people saying certain horses seem more english vs. western vice versa. Is this because of how they move? For instance, if they are more forward maybe they should be english?

Every horse is going to be stronger in one discipline than the other, whether it be wp, jumping, reining, etc. That however doesn't mean that they can't do a bit of everything.

I don't exactly know the history of my horse, Dancer. I ride him in a western saddle 95% of the time. I have used a dressage saddle a few times and had dressage lessons. The girl that I have leasing him uses an english saddle. Does it really matter that we flip flop? He does like to be forward and I do have trouble getting him to do a nice slow jog vs. a fast trot. (I think its me because other people make him go slow.)

Does it only matter if I plan on showing him?
Honestly it doesn't really matter and depending on what level & type of shows you attend that could be a big bonus. If you are showing 4-H, open, or breed shows it's great to have an 'all-arounder'. However if you were showing event specific ie: Reining, Cutting, Jumping, etc. you would want to focus your training there.

As long as he is happy & you are happy that's really all that matters.
When you are on the back of a horse and happy, does it really matter what your butt is sitting in? :D

Puddintat 09-03-2011 11:24 PM

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Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters (Post 1161436)
As long as he is happy & you are happy that's really all that matters.
When you are on the back of a horse and happy, does it really matter what your butt is sitting in? :D


Good point. I don't plan on changing anything, just curious.


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