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        08-27-2009, 10:42 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Call all Western Riders

    I am new too Western Riding and I was wondering if anyone had some tips for a newbie. Right now it seems like a totally different languag.

    I have been riding English most of my life so it is kind of different for me.

    But I love to learn new things! Even if it maybe hard at first.
         
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        08-27-2009, 10:50 PM
      #2
    Showing
    Congrats on starting western. I have been western all my life and to me, it is much easier than english. IMHO, the saddles are more comfortable and secure, the cues are simpler, and it's more fun and relaxing for horse and rider. ;)

    If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask them here. There are a ton of people here who ride western and we are all more than willing to help with anything we can.
         
        08-27-2009, 10:55 PM
      #3
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    Congrats on starting western. I have been western all my life and to me, it is much easier than english. IMHO, the saddles are more comfortable and secure, the cues are simpler, and it's more fun and relaxing for horse and rider. ;)

    If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask them here. There are a ton of people here who ride western and we are all more than willing to help with anything we can.
    You will be the first I come too if I need any help. Thanks!
         
        08-27-2009, 10:59 PM
      #4
    Showing
    ^^ I'm not sure that I would go that far ;p. I am a long way from an expert. LOL, there are lots of other people who are better.
         
        08-27-2009, 10:59 PM
      #5
    Started
    I've ridden westen my whole life. I do find it more relaxing and easy going than English riding. Just remember that your horse needs his head, and should walk well on loose reins. You should be putting some of your weight in your considerably longer stirrups. Your hands should be low and still. Sit up and on the meaty part of your rear. ;] Heels down, toes up, shoulders back, look up and between your horse's ears.

    Most importantly - relax! Have a good time. :]
         
        08-28-2009, 03:02 PM
      #6
    Yearling
    Awesome to give Western riding a try! Out of curiosity, what made you wanna try it?

    I have rode western all my life also. I am going to be a riding instructor once out of college, but don't think I'm an expert yet! To me, Western riding is more laid back, and the horse has more control over his head. Do you have a horse that already knows Western riding?

    Here are some tips:
    1.Never wrap the reins around the saddle horn.
    2.When mounting, put a foot in the stirrup, hold the reins and part of the horse's mane in one hand and put your other around the opposite side of neck/withers area to pull yourself up. You're not supposed to use the back of the saddle, or the pommel. (it just helps to keep the saddle from moving too much)
    3. Keep your hands low, they should only be a few inches above the saddle horn, and if the horse doesn't neckrein, it help to lower you hand even more to ask him to turn his head.

    For more questions, feel free to ask =D
         
        08-29-2009, 08:51 AM
      #7
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ChevyPrincess    
    Awesome to give Western riding a try! Out of curiosity, what made you wanna try it?

    I have rode western all my life also. I am going to be a riding instructor once out of college, but don't think I'm an expert yet! To me, Western riding is more laid back, and the horse has more control over his head. Do you have a horse that already knows Western riding?

    Here are some tips:
    1.Never wrap the reins around the saddle horn.
    2.When mounting, put a foot in the stirrup, hold the reins and part of the horse's mane in one hand and put your other around the opposite side of neck/withers area to pull yourself up. You're not supposed to use the back of the saddle, or the pommel. (it just helps to keep the saddle from moving too much)
    3. Keep your hands low, they should only be a few inches above the saddle horn, and if the horse doesn't neckrein, it help to lower you hand even more to ask him to turn his head.

    For more questions, feel free to ask =D
    Since I grew up riding English all my life. I thought it would be fun too try. Plus my husband rides only western. I got a horse about 1 1/2 months ago and she is trained in western. There are a lot of reasons why I thought I would give it a try.

    Oh what is the horn on the saddle for if you don't use it. My riding teacher tells me not too hold on the horn but to put my hand on my leg. I just wondered why? Also why do you only use one hand for your reins. I want to grab both reins when I ride.
         
        08-29-2009, 08:54 AM
      #8
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by LeahKathleen    
    I've ridden westen my whole life. I do find it more relaxing and easy going than English riding. Just remember that your horse needs his head, and should walk well on loose reins. You should be putting some of your weight in your considerably longer stirrups. Your hands should be low and still. Sit up and on the meaty part of your rear. ;] Heels down, toes up, shoulders back, look up and between your horse's ears.

    Most importantly - relax! Have a good time. :]
    Thanks for the advice.
         
        08-29-2009, 09:12 AM
      #9
    Showing
    The horn on most saddles is kinda like an "oh s**t" handle. If you loose your balance or if the horse starts bucking or if you are riding up and down steep hills or doing really fast turn work like cutting or barrels. On a roping saddle, it is reinforced so that you can drag cattle by wrapping the rope around it.

    On a neck reining horse, you only NEED one hand for the reins. That leaves your other hand free to do whatever from roping to moving tree branches out of the way of your head on the trail to hanging on for dear life if you should need to ;p. ROFLOL.
         
        08-29-2009, 09:25 AM
      #10
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    The horn on most saddles is kinda like an "oh s**t" handle. If you loose your balance or if the horse starts bucking or if you are riding up and down steep hills or doing really fast turn work like cutting or barrels. On a roping saddle, it is reinforced so that you can drag cattle by wrapping the rope around it.

    On a neck reining horse, you only NEED one hand for the reins. That leaves your other hand free to do whatever from roping to moving tree branches out of the way of your head on the trail to hanging on for dear life if you should need to ;p. ROFLOL.
    Ok cool that made things a little more clearer. Thanks
         

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