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post #1 of 10 Old 03-07-2010, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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Am I crazy

Hi, I'm new to this board. I just purchase my new partner, a t/b. I'm not sure what I'm going to do beside trail riding. I am a recent western riding convert. He's tall, 17 h, has a great attitude. Am I crazy chosing to ride western with him?
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post #2 of 10 Old 03-07-2010, 03:17 PM
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nope. I know some people on here ride their huge drafts in western saddle. Of course, choose trails with no low-hanging branches with such a tall boy.
Remember, not every tall horse has to be ridden english, and vice-versa. :) Good Luck!
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post #3 of 10 Old 03-10-2010, 12:19 PM
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Naw. Toni has herself an 18.2hh team penning horse. Hehe, don't worry about it. :)

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #4 of 10 Old 03-11-2010, 08:40 AM
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18.2h??? I'll bet Toni can see those numbers real well! I'd be concerned about a cow running under my horse!

When I made the switch from English to Western, I had a OTT App that was 16.2h and he (Pongo) made a good trail horse. My only problem was that the group I rode with used to deliberately ride in close cover and I was the one who got wacked with branches and spider webs.

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

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post #5 of 10 Old 03-11-2010, 08:50 AM
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my 16.2hh thoroughbred is ridden in a western saddle and bridle, and i must say he looks simply divine when he is all decked out....must take some pictures to share one day

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post #6 of 10 Old 03-11-2010, 04:15 PM
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I have a 16h paint and a 14.3h QH. I love riding the QH for trails because we aren't ducking the whole ride. However, my paint is a much more elegant mover in the arena and does well in Western Pleasure and Trail class.
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post #7 of 10 Old 03-11-2010, 04:24 PM
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Umm if your just trail riding i would personally say that a thourbred would be wasted at that job! they are best suited to racing and jumping! Although that is just my opinion!
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post #8 of 10 Old 03-11-2010, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Maire995 View Post
Umm if your just trail riding i would personally say that a thourbred would be wasted at that job! they are best suited to racing and jumping! Although that is just my opinion!

I'm sure the horse doesn't think that.
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post #9 of 10 Old 03-11-2010, 06:29 PM
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My hubby's western horse is almost 17hh. I could never imagine her being an english horse...
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post #10 of 10 Old 03-13-2010, 02:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Maire995 View Post
Umm if your just trail riding i would personally say that a thourbred would be wasted at that job! they are best suited to racing and jumping! Although that is just my opinion!
Actually some thoroughbreds make the best trail horses. I use my thoroughbred gelding mainly for trails because he is so level headed

So yes any horse will make a good trail horse, and you don't have to ride your thoroughbred english. Shoot, there was even a woman running her thoroughbred in the NFR (he was running barrels) and he kicked butt.
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