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        04-18-2010, 10:45 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Advice please!

    I've been doing hunters for 9 years. I've only ridden western a few times but there is a couple at my church who have 6 horses. All western. The couple is on the older side and can't ride them but the horses still need to be riden but they don't want to sell them. So they've asked me to ride them. I'm totally excited but kidna nervous because I don't do western and it's not like I'm going to have a trainer. The couple will be able to help me some but most of the time they won't be there when I'm riding them because the only time I can ride them, the copule will be working.
    Advice on where I should start?
         
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        04-19-2010, 12:54 AM
      #2
    Trained
    Really, the only differance is the saddle....Same legs aids. I don't know if so-called "Normal" english horses neck rein but that may be a possibility. Just remember a lot of western horses are used to going on a loose rein and not the constant pressure a lot of english horses are used to. Can you offer any more info on the horses?
         
        04-19-2010, 02:19 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    Well, I have a few thoughts.

    1. Make sure the owners are there the first couple times you ride, and they can tell you about the horses and how to ride them. I would suggest this just for safety, they know the horse's quirks and can give you some coaching about how they ride them.

    2. Read up on some western techniques- it's really not hard.

    3. Get an english saddle/bit and ride them english. Most horses will go either or easily adapt to a different style.

    4. Relax! I'm sure you'll have a great time, it'll just take getting used to.
         
        04-19-2010, 02:23 PM
      #4
    Green Broke
    I used to ride my old show horse western in an english saddle all the time, I would just throw his western bit in him and go. I feel much better in and english saddle, if you used to hunter (IMO) and you jump into a western saddle it almost feel like "this big hunk of leather" is getting in the way! Hence why I do all my work in my english saddle. I feel more as if I can feel the horse under me better.
         
        04-21-2010, 04:01 PM
      #5
    Foal
    Thanks guys :)
         
        04-22-2010, 09:16 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
    Really, the only differance is the saddle....Same legs aids. I don't know if so-called "Normal" english horses neck rein but that may be a possibility. Just remember a lot of western horses are used to going on a loose rein and not the constant pressure a lot of english horses are used to. Can you offer any more info on the horses?
    I'm going to meet the horses sometime next week. I know nothing of these horses except that they are fat because they aren't ridden enough. When I go out and meet them I'm going to watch the owners ride them before I ride
         

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