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post #31 of 49 Old 08-19-2013, 02:45 PM
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I can't wait to see the pictures! I can't believe you found a western horse in Germany though, maybe it is regional, but when I lived there, in Nordrhein Westfalen, everybody rode English, and everyone you knew rode English, I think I only ever ran into a western saddle once, and they were riding English in it, if that makes sense.
Western has been around for quite a while, I can assure you
I saw the first QH in 1983, switched over to Western in 88 and had a futurity winning filly at the EuropeanQH championships in 95
It's all over the place, maybe a tad more south and north, than center and east, but it's VERY present.
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No pictures unfortunately! Kind of glad aha! But they want me back

She is in season, and a bit sensitive. But oh my what a different feel! It is the same but different as dressage. They had a good chuckle at me.. Can definitely tell I ride dressage and said I need to relax and not ride her every step. I said easier said than done when you are used to big moving WBs then move on to a Fjord :P

Absolutely loved her! She was a bit cheeky, and I really need to make sure I get on my cues with her. The couple that own her are so lovely, he rides with split reins, she rides with English reins in a not due to not having full movement in one side. So I need to be really aware of riding correctly, softly but firmly so I don't undo all the amazing work!

Next time will get pics though.. I love western riding!! Butt feels sore though! Naturally as he rides the saddle seat is fairly big, change from my 16" LOL

Canter was funny.. None of this nice slow rocking... Zoom!

She is ridden in a type of snaffle.. Will try and find a picture of something similar, such a sweet sweet girl though and super patient with me!


ETA there are lots of western horses and riders here, a previous yard of mine bred QHs paints and Appys. Just WB sport is bigger than western... wBs cost a fortune where you are and western horses and ponies not so much, and its the other way around here... Everything for western riding is so expensive!
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ETA there are lots of western horses and riders here, a previous yard of mine bred QHs paints and Appys. Just WB sport is bigger than western... wBs cost a fortune where you are and western horses and ponies not so much, and its the other way around here... Everything for western riding is so expensive!
I was pretty young when I lived in Germany, but in the six years I rode when I was there, I almost never even saw a western saddle. I guess it must have been the area I lived in, I lived in the Duesseldorf area. I was born there. I did meet an appy once, but he was an English horse, but they had trouble with his feet, something about the climate, not being good for them, I don't know though.

I live in America now.
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I was pretty young when I lived in Germany, but in the six years I rode when I was there, I almost never even saw a western saddle. I guess it must have been the area I lived in, I lived in the Duesseldorf area. I was born there. I did meet an appy once, but he was an English horse, but they had trouble with his feet, something about the climate, not being good for them, I don't know though.

I live in America now.
You didn't say when you lived there
But the QH championships were held in Aachen for the longest time, then they found a more suitable place in Bavaria.
In the Bergisches Land area are several rather big breeders/ trainers, too. So I guess they were hiding....." when in Rome , do as the Romans do( insert Germany lol)".........
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You didn't say when you lived there
But the QH championships were held in Aachen for the longest time, then they found a more suitable place in Bavaria.
In the Bergisches Land area are several rather big breeders/ trainers, too. So I guess they were hiding....." when in Rome , do as the Romans do( insert Germany lol)".........
Ya, I guess. My Daddy worked in Aachen, but we lived about 45minutes away if you took the Autobann, if you didn't, it was longer. I guess we really weren't looking for them. Where I rode it was all about jumping and dressage, and I didn't know any different.
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Ya, I guess. My Daddy worked in Aachen, but we lived about 45minutes away if you took the Autobann, if you didn't, it was longer. I guess we really weren't looking for them. Where I rode it was all about jumping and dressage, and I didn't know any different.
Which I don't see as a big problem, because you have a very solid base now and can go in any direction
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I was around 30 mins away from Dusseldorf; it is rich horse person territory! I went to look at a few horses to buy around 18 months ago... I didn't realise horses could have stables bigger than my house!

I know of a couple of western barns in that area, but western riding here isn't as well heard of.

But I am going for my second ride tonight, camera at the ready
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I was around 30 mins away from Dusseldorf; it is rich horse person territory! I went to look at a few horses to buy around 18 months ago... I didn't realise horses could have stables bigger than my house!

I know of a couple of western barns in that area, but western riding here isn't as well heard of.

But I am going for my second ride tonight, camera at the ready
Ya, the one barn I took lessons at was huge! I loved it though. Do you get any supplies from Loesdau? That is where I still buy everything, when I go back, that's where I get my britches, boots, helmets, and everything. I hardly ever buy tack in America. I'm probably shooting myself in the foot though, because its probably way more expensive at Loesdau.

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I have pictures, unfortunately I cannot load from my iPad OR my netbook :/ Will try and load to photobucket!

I love this little girl! She tried it on, and gave her a sharp reminder.. all was amazing after!

I am riding tomorrow again! The owner's trainer called them to see how they are settled in, mentioned me. So tomorrow going to film my ride, and send it to the trainer to see what I need to do! Will upload to here as well so you can all shred me to pieces :P

No really, any sort of help will be appreciated!
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