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post #11 of 49 Old 08-14-2013, 09:40 AM
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Western riding confuses the heck out of me... ._. I'm probably over complicating it, but every time I do ride western it reminds me why I ride English xD
I guess it's not so bad if I'm not trying to accomplish anything, and am just piddling around.

You're gonna have lots of fun on that pony, Duffy! She's a cutie!
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post #12 of 49 Old 08-14-2013, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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I hope so! Thanks for all the replies :)

Will keep you all updated on Thora and myself, and when I have more details plague you with questions!

Maybe it's the English rider in me but I want to get at that mane ;D
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post #13 of 49 Old 08-14-2013, 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted by remka View Post
I had my first western lesson was basically the same, minus the 1988 part. I couldn't get used to the long stirrups, I couldn't get use to the weird cues, or the no contact o the mouth, I hate having super loose reins! It scares the heck out of me. But, in all, western was pretty fun.
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Lol....glad to know I'm not the only one.
Stirrup length didn't bother me, I always rode with rather long leg. Cues were, if anything, more logical. Biggest issue was the balance without contact lol
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post #14 of 49 Old 08-14-2013, 10:10 AM
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LOL, it's funny, this English rider loves western because I can ride without contact I love being able to just ask for the headset, and then drop the contact, I love the feeling that it is more about partnership rather than the rider having to hold everything together.

I happily switch between the two, relax, have fun and if she is reining trained, be prepared to get addicted real quick!
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I had an issue with the no contact too.....I felt like I had no control at all, then when my horse dropped his head I felt like I was going to fall right off the front! Takes a bit to get used to, but I will not be going back to English any time soon. I love having to trust my horse. He goes where I look. Love long as I remember to keep my eyes up! lol

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post #16 of 49 Old 08-14-2013, 12:17 PM
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If your getting saddle sores, I have heard you put on pantyhose, they will let the jeans slide up and down a little and not rub.
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post #17 of 49 Old 08-14-2013, 01:12 PM
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Omg Duffy lol!!

I get weird looks from dressage people for knowing how to cinch a western saddle and I'm in cowboy country :P

You will have fun, and don't be afraid not to let the saddle slump you - I find that my back doesn't like that. There is western dressage now too! So ride dressage still, but in western tack :)

Cute pony!
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post #18 of 49 Old 08-14-2013, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Lol anebel yourself haha, that's your horse the next time you come to stay!

I am hoping to hear from the guy tomorrow, they have only just moved up so will give them chance to settle in.

I wanna be a cowgirl!

So so looking forward to trying my hand at it!

And the core muscles should come on nicely if I have little to no contact!
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post #19 of 49 Old 08-14-2013, 07:06 PM
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Oh my, when I tried english, I HATED contact. It was always "Michaela, more contact!" throughout lessons. My jumping instructor HATED me for it One of the things most people know how to do, and I never got the hang of it. I always had the "Get off his face, get off his face..." mindset. I found the transition to english too hard and I didn't have the love of it to try hard enough to get it down. So I went back to doing what I knew, lol.

If this little guy is a reiner, remember when you say "whoa" to keep your feet out of his way. Sit on your pockets and kick your feet forward. A real reiner won't stop with your feet touching them, it'll put them on the front end.

The neck rein is just joyous when you get it down...I love a loose rein, head low, bumping up from behind, soft horse :)

Maybe watch some videos of how some reiners ride. Get a feel for that body position from seeing 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 #20 of 49 Old 08-15-2013, 03:15 AM Thread Starter
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Good idea SH.

Saw my friend this morning and off to the yard on Sunday woop!

He is going to give me a couple of lessons too, so hopefully we will see how that all pans out.

Very very excited for this!
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