I have developed an interest in reining after having studied English riding most of my life. Recently I discovered the western rider who is training one of my green horses rides completely different from me.
For instance in the turn, he torks his hips so the outside thigh presses against the outside shoulder asking the horse to move away from it. And if the horse does not respond he bumps it with his outside spur.
In contrast, I was taught to ask the horse to bend around my inside leg at the girth (cinch) with my outside leg behind the girth to keep the haunches from falling out. My hips should be aligned with the horses hips and my shoulders are aligned with the horses shoulders so there is a slight twist when I ask for bend. We are not talking about a turn on the haunches here - just a simple turn.
My horse can follow my body movement without any pressure from the reins, in fact no reins at all, so the turns are off the body position more than the rein aids.
When he tries to ride my horse he cannot communicate with him. When I try to ride the horse he is training I can't communicate!!
There are a lot of differences in position as well and some fundamental differences in timing and contact - on the bit versus off the bit. That I can understand.
I realize there are different methods of training a horse. The Spanish riding school uses his method but it is rarely used in dressage now as the German and French schools dominate world competitions.
I hear western riders are taking more of an interest in dressage training. So what method do you use to turn a horse? Do you find the differences in training completely incompatible? Thanks