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Not sure which Western to do?

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        06-09-2014, 04:45 AM
    Not sure which Western to do?

    I am not too sure what type of Western my horse and I should try. He has never been trained in any form of Western and neither have I. I have only recently put him in a bridle from a bosal so we are both still new to the bridle.
    My granddaughter filmed us today so I could see how he was going. I am riding bareback at the moment because his saddle no longer fitted him. His new saddle is being custom made for him but it is going to take about 4 months. I know I am not the best rider but would like to have a go at Western Trail events or something like that. Just local events and novice only. So before I get lessons in Western, an idea of what he may suit will help decide who would be the best to teach us.
    Would like an opinion on if my horse may be suitable for Western Pleasure or Trail? The trot he is doing is normal for him unless you really ask him to extend. I wouldn't like to force him into anything he is not able to do. I use him as a trail horse at the moment which he has does very well.This probably wasn't the best place or time to film as it wasn't very level and in the middle of a trail ride but may be enough to get an idea of his movement. He was more interested in my granddaughters than his trot circles.
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        06-09-2014, 06:37 AM
    Almost any basic western trainer can put a foundation on him. At this point which particular discipline is a mute point. He appears very green, as are you, so you need the basics and he will need to learn to neck rein.
        06-09-2014, 07:35 AM
    The basics are the same for all disciplines, the fine tuning is where you want someone in a certain field to help you. Looks like he has a nice trot and with some refining should do what you want. No reason you can't do trail riding and western pleasure, I do! Just got back from a WP show and will be competing in ACTHA in the next few weeks.
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        06-09-2014, 10:40 AM
    Cute horse! Love his coloring and looks like a smooth trot you could ride for ages.

    I agree that any trainer can put the foundation on him. A good trainer will also be able to see what the horses' natural inclination is and help advise what direction to specialize in. I'd personally put a western pleasure & show trail type handle on him, whether or not he ever enters the show ring, because those are the areas I enjoy, lol. If that is what you enjoy, and he is capable of trying, no reason not to look into it.
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        06-09-2014, 06:21 PM
    Thanks for the input. Great to be able to get some thoughts on us. My friend who does Western Pleasure and Trail thinks he can do it but other opinions are always great.
    I would like to do some polishing up on him and me as a horse with good training always looks so nice. I agree we are both green to all this just need a trainer. I should have no trouble doing the neck reining training while I wait for my saddle. He will trot like that all day never changes it unless pushed to do so. He lopes slow as well even in his paddock. The other horses will be trotting and he will be loping, sticking with them.
    Always makes my granddaughters have a laugh.
        06-11-2014, 05:59 PM
    He's super cute and has some natural ability to go "low and slow" for WP....just needs the training for both horse AND rider to keep him rated.
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        06-11-2014, 08:34 PM
    He looks good for pleasure and equitation. No need to send him off for specialized training just yet, as mentioned before, both of you need to work on the basics. Have fun with him!
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        06-11-2014, 08:34 PM
    Originally Posted by GotaDunQH    
    He's super cute and has some natural ability to go "low and slow" for WP....just needs the training for both horse AND rider to keep him rated.
    Nice to hear that he has some ability. Yes, the rider definitely needs work
    This will be the first time I have ever tried any like this. I am now looking for a western pleasure coach for me and him.
    Thanks Waresbear, no I am not sending him off yet for training. Just want to start slow and enjoy.
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        08-18-2014, 01:23 AM
    With some work to rate his speed he could do well in walk jog. He could be an all around western horse do both with him.
        08-19-2014, 06:06 AM
    I am really happy with our progress over the last few weeks. I am going to have a go at both. Rather exciting and he is happy with this go slow idea.
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