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post #1 of 23 Old 09-17-2011, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Western Riding Tips

Ok, so Im just starting off western riding. Im looking for tip and tricks that has worked for you in the past when you were trainned or trainning newbies. I have a trainer but is always looking for that "extra" information that might help. Example: Remember when the first time you mounted a horse, how hard was it to get your feet in the stirrups lol....or how hard it was to dismount. I would like "all" friendly advice to learn different methods. Thanks
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post #2 of 23 Old 09-17-2011, 08:16 PM
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I learned that you don't ride after your dad oils the reins! My sister was loping and when she pulled to stop, her fingers slid thru the split reins and rolled off the back of her horse! We were very young, but it was funny!
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Hehehe that is kinda funny but great advice. Thanks...that made me smile!
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post #4 of 23 Old 09-17-2011, 09:24 PM
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Riding western

I've riden western all my life. I do not like English and English doesn't suit my activities (cutting cattle). But at first it is hard to get your feet in the stirrups but with the right footwear and a few times getting on and off you`ll learn to position your feet just right to slide them in and out. Same goes with getting off. It was hard to get off until I learned how to maneuver my feet and body. Now I just sorta swing off. When it comes to sitting you should ride on your back pockets sort of. You seat may be different because everyone finds their balance differently. Generally speaking though you will be riding on your back pockets and not between your legs. Especially if your a guy. Your stirrups should be just long enough to be comfortable riding but are short enough so you can post when you trot or canter. Western is made for comfort unlike English. So its sorta like a more relaxed version of English riding. You reins should be slack. But how much and what kind of reining you do depends on the horse. That's basically all I have to say about western riding. Any specific questions you have ill be glad to answer. So just practice with it pretty much. Easy into it with a walk at first and get on and off a lot. Then ease into different activities.
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post #5 of 23 Old 09-18-2011, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info...great information :)
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post #6 of 23 Old 10-03-2011, 12:19 AM
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Hi.. I am in the same exact position. I noticed that this original post is a little old so I was wondering how you are doing? I've had about 5 lessons on my trainers gaited horse & one on her QH. I know everyone says gaited horses are do easy to ride but I find it to be kind of bumpy once she gets to walking too fast. I am getting a little discouraged.

My lesson with the QH went great! I even jogged with her and it was soo smooth. Thanks for any tips and advice.

I only have one 1 hr lesson a week but I think I am going to increase that to 2 lessons a week. Plus, I am not really strong in the upper body but wow! In my last lesson I learned to tack up my horse and I was sore for 2 days! That just shows you how green I really am :)
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It's nice that you newbies can support each other and celebrate small victories, like getting the heavy saddle up and on the back. There's just so much to learn! That's what makes horse riding a lifelong pursuit; you never learn it all.
If you have more specific questions, as they come along, it will be easier for me an others to give "tips".

In general, one tip I can give is to "mean what you say and say what you mean". If you ask the hrose to go, then get a go! Or else don't ask. If you ask for a trot, get a trot and don't stop asking until you get it.
BUT, don't be asking for things that your really don't want, like leaning forward too much and wondering why your horse is speeding up (cause you "asked" him to go faster). Or, thinking you want to go faster, but hauling back on the reins. Or, getting the horse to come to a stop, but still holding the reins tight.

So be very clear on what you are asking for, get it and then "shut up" (don't be noisy with rein or foot). Now, that's probably way down the line for a beginner, but it'sw something to think about, . . .
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It's nice that you newbies can support each other and celebrate small victories, like getting the heavy saddle up and on the back. There's just so much to learn!

So be very clear on what you are asking for, get it and then "shut up" (don't be noisy with rein or foot). Now, that's probably way down the line for a beginner, but it'sw something to think about, . . .
Thanks Tinyliny! That is such a great tip. I know it may seem so obvious to you experienced riders but it really gives me something to focus on as I try become more in tuned with what I am trying to communicate with my body.

I think my biggest problem to date is learning how to really sit in my seat while maintaining good posture. I feel like when I am trying to sit straight , with shoulders back my lower bak and butt are a little too tense and that is why I am so bouncy.... Just bc I am a little stiff. I might start doing Yoga again to increase flexibility , build strength and be a little more relaxed.

I have so much respect for you seasoned riders! You make it look so effortless. My trainer looks beautiful when she rides. I really like that she doesn't try to overwhelm me, and tries to build up my confidence on the horse.

Thanks again Tinyliny!!! :)
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Sunglasses can be important riding western in the afternoon, at least until youhave to turn around and head eastern to get back home,
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Sunglasses can be important riding western in the afternoon, at least until youhave to turn around and head eastern to get back home,
Cute but I agree.

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