Okay, If its just 4h then wear A button down shirt (Must have sleaves) Jeans, and chaps over your jeans. Western Saddle, Western Saddle Pad, Western Bridle. You will also need to put your hair in a bun, braid, or pony tail, and obviously a helmet. The names of the gaits in WP is Walk, Jog, and Lope. Just slow down the walk from the english a bit, not too big of a deal, jog you want to collect up the trott and slow it down, and the lope you will want to collect your horse, maintain a low headset (although most dont) and stay fairly slow and consistant (again, most dont in 4-h lol)
Oh and sitting, you will want your writing hand (unless your ambidextrous, then use whatever hand you feel more comfortable with) and you will use that to hold both of the reins (since they are appart, unlike the english reins) and they will go onto that side of the saddle. Think of holding the reins with 3 fingers first, your thumb, pointer, and middle. Lets say you are right handed, where you will hold the reins will create a 'v' shape on the left side of the 'v' shape you will have your thumb holding it, in the middle of the 'v' you will have the pointer and on the right side of the 'v' you will have the rest of your fingers holding it starting with your middle finger. (hopefully that helped, Im terrible at typing directions out)
Now with the the hand that you will NOT be holding your reins, you will have your arm relaxed and right at your side, almost hanging down. You will want to wear some western boots, and western spurs if your horse needs it.
Last edited by MariaLevi22; 08-05-2012 at 10:28 PM.