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Back in the western saddle again!

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        07-06-2008, 10:42 AM
    Back in the western saddle again!

    So for the past 2 or 3 years I've been riding english and this new project horse I'm working with is ridden western. I'm beginning to relax back into the western style of riding. (I rode western before I rode english.) When I go out to ride him tonight, I'm switching his bit from a tom thumb to a snaffle because I'm finding that I use a lot of direct rein pressure so I thought it'd be better to switch him into a snaffle. But I ride with two hands on the reins with the reins crossed over each other in between my hands. I know western horses are pretty much ridden on a slightly loose rein but I find myself using a lot of contact with the bit. Is it because I've ridden english so much or because I'm working on training the horse? It gets so frustrating how after like 30 sec or a min goes by with the reins slightly loose, he starts to ignore me and rushes right through and then I have to take up the reins. Arrggg.

    Any tips or suggestions about what I need to be doing?

    He's got the basics down for neck reining if that's any help.

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        07-06-2008, 08:01 PM
    So are you sayin that once you loosin the contact with the bit that he begins to act up? I think you just got to be firm and adjust, I do not know much about English. Just be patient and make him realize that just because there isn't contact on the bit 100% time, doesn't mean he can act up and rush.
        07-07-2008, 11:10 AM
    Originally Posted by Brandon
    So are you sayin that once you loosin the contact with the bit that he begins to act up?
        07-07-2008, 01:29 PM
    I think maybe loosening up the reins gradually (a little bit each day) will help prevent him from acting up. ;)
    It is a change going from English to Western I'm sure! Just take things slow with him, he'll hopefully get right back into it!

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