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post #1 of 42 Old 11-02-2011, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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Does Anyone Else Ride Western With An English Bridle?

I paddock ride with an English bridle, my pony can be a little unruly at times, so I use it as a training aid. But last weekend I went on a group ride with some of my buddies, and their friends I didn't know very well, and I showed up with my reining saddle and English bridle. So, of course I was chewed out by the English riders.They told me if I ride western, I should ride in a western headstall, and that it looked stupid to have miss matching tack and I ended up galloping off with out them. I was a little hurt, to be honest. Unlike them, my horse didn't come from any bloodline, he didn't come to me with the ability to jump oxers, or run cross country, he came to me green broke and without someone to love him. So when the training started, I learned just what exactly he could do, somethings good, somethings bad. He opens his mouth to evade pressure from the bit, so I thought putting him back in a nose band and D ring was acceptable. But now that I've had a strip ripped off of me about not using a western headstall for pleasure riding, I feel a little self conscious and put out. Does anyone else trail or paddock ride with a western saddle and English bridle?
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post #2 of 42 Old 11-02-2011, 08:33 PM
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I recently switched from western to english, but when I do ride western now, I use my new english bridle. But I sometimes neck rein while riding english, too, which isn't exactly normal.. Haha. Don't worry about what other people say, do what works for you!
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post #3 of 42 Old 11-02-2011, 08:45 PM
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I don't but I know a guy who does because I gave him an old english bridle of mine & he had a western saddle. It controls the horse, so whatever works, besides it was free, I like to see people riding, I don't care what kinda tack they use.
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post #4 of 42 Old 11-02-2011, 09:07 PM
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I do, or I did... when my mare's western saddle would still fit my gelding, lol...

There's nothing wrong with how you ride or what tack you choose to use. You use it for it's purpose, not to 'look pretty'.

Does the horse care if the tack matches or not? I don't think so... ;)
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post #5 of 42 Old 11-02-2011, 09:16 PM
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What utter whooey! Ride in whatever tack works for you and horse. When showing, well, that's dif. But trail riding? GET OUTTA HERE!
GET A LIFE! (I would be thinking this and maybe saying it, if I lost control of my good sense)
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post #6 of 42 Old 11-02-2011, 09:58 PM
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I do!! I don't make any apologies for it, either, as I feel that if this works for my horse a little better, then that's all that matters.
I have a Western saddle/bridle, and an English saddle/bridle - after many, many rides, I find it's my horse who prefers her English bridle with her Western saddle! Funny, how many times I felt like I was doing something out of the ordinary, but it seriously doesn't matter in the end. (Of course it would if she were in the show circuit or dressage training)
At a healthy age of 20, my mare has quite a history- she's been with the Mounted Guard, Search and Rescue, then a 4-H (Halter) show horse for her previous owner. All of which required her to wear politically correct tack, of course!
Now she is mine as a pleasure horse, and we have wonderful, happy, times together riding around the secluded pasture without the worry of correct bridles.....
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post #7 of 42 Old 11-02-2011, 10:30 PM
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WOW. It makes me feel sad that people would feel the need to criticize your tack choices. I am not doing what you're doing, but the opposite right now (english saddle, western bridle) with my boy. My friend gives me a hard time about it, but in our case, it's all in good fun and no hurt feelings meant. If it works for you and your horse, it's good.
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post #8 of 42 Old 11-02-2011, 10:59 PM
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They must be jealous that their horses can't pull off that look.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #9 of 42 Old 11-02-2011, 11:08 PM
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Would they rather be out with a less controllable pony? If it works, and you are able to trail ride, then who cares?! Seriously, some days I'd go out on the trail with a horse dressed like a clown as long as I had someone to ride with! Its just nice to have company. Those people are not worth your time if they're just going to make you feel bad. I dislike them. And I, too, use whatever works best for a particular horse. Sometimes I miss match western and english. It doesn't really matter if you're just dubbing around in the woods...
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post #10 of 42 Old 11-02-2011, 11:26 PM
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Oh God, someone call the authorities, that poor horse isn't going to know whether to say "Hey Y'all" or "pleasure to meet you." We need an equine shrink on speed dial because this pony is going bi-polar with mood swings! Abuse i tell you Abuse!!! How could you do such a horrible thing to an innocent creature, don't you see the pain it it's eyes, your breaking it's heart, killing it's soul!

yah, I'd shoot me too.
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