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post #11 of 42 Old 11-03-2011, 12:45 AM
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Haha I wonder what those folks would say about me, riding English on the trail and wearing my turquoise cowboy boots!

People like that have nothing better to do.
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post #12 of 42 Old 11-03-2011, 02:45 PM
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I use about the most mis-matched tack imaginable, luckily (I suppose) my behind covers most of my purple saddle.

There are very nice western cavessons readily available. I have a nice one with a rolled leather nose, note this is not the same as the ones used with a tie down (don't know what they are called). Used with a western headstall they have the same purpose and effect as an English one.

I have also used an English cavesson with a western headstall.

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post #13 of 42 Old 11-03-2011, 04:12 PM
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i use to mismatch headstalls/ and bridles all the time. some horses reponded better with the different attachments. i wouldn't worry to much about it.
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post #14 of 42 Old 11-04-2011, 02:58 PM
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Horse's don't give a rat's rear end, and neither do I.

I don't ride an English saddle often right now, but when I do, I'm using a Navajo blanket underneath, Aussie-style 2.5 inch leathers with western roper stirrups. Add in a rope sidepull halter, jeans & cowboy boots, and I guess I looked...confused?

But my horses don't mind, and neither do I.

I've never used an English bridle, but if it made my horse happy, I would.
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post #15 of 42 Old 11-04-2011, 03:29 PM
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Since you have a western headstall, why not just change the bit over to that? I doubt your horse likes the bridle but rather the bit.

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post #16 of 42 Old 11-04-2011, 03:29 PM
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I hate when people are like that. I ride western with a english bridle because my horses head is so big i cant find a western around me that fits so he rides in a english bridle
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post #17 of 42 Old 11-04-2011, 04:03 PM
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You're talking to the lady who rode her last dressage tests in western saddle and bridle, with the flash noseband off of my English bridle, hey it worked, that's all I needed,
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post #18 of 42 Old 11-04-2011, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by iridehorses View Post
Since you have a western headstall, why not just change the bit over to that? I doubt your horse likes the bridle but rather the bit.
It's the same bit, different bridle

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post #19 of 42 Old 11-04-2011, 08:10 PM
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Yes I sometimes do =) A couple of horses at the barn I ride ( western barn) have english bridles, and yes I neck rein =)
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post #20 of 42 Old 11-04-2011, 08:50 PM
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In the words of my Grandpa...Who Keers? (Cares...sounded out like Keers).

I'd tease you for cross dressing, but really, I ride and school in one of these:
Bareback riding pads: innovative, secure suede leather bareback pads/saddles can be used with stirrups

Because it's secure, fits the horse, is light and easy to carry, and is great on the butt :) Totally unlike a stereotypical bareback pad.

With me, I certainly wouldn't care if your tack didn't match! LOL
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