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post #11 of 14 Old 12-20-2013, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by usandpets View Post
Even with your horse not knowing how to neck rein, you will still ride with slack in the reins. If you have tight reins and contact, you will be telling him to stop or back up. Add in trying to go forward, you might end up getting him to rear.
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I ride him english, so he is used to a contact
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post #12 of 14 Old 12-20-2013, 07:13 PM
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Originally Posted by wtwg View Post
I ride him english, so he is used to a contact
The question of contact is going to depend a lot on what type of western riding you do. I do mostly off trail riding, through the woods, over fallen trees, and over very uneven ground. With that type of riding, you very much trust the horse to get around, through, or over anything you come across, and it is essential that the horse have it's head to look, watch, and maintain its balance. More than anything else, our horses hate for someone to get in their mouth, and that is the biggest problem that english riders have at our place.
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post #13 of 14 Old 12-20-2013, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by wtwg View Post
I ride him english, so he is used to a contact
You said he was trained western so I assumed he wasn't trained/rode English.

I have to agree that with trail riding, you want him to have his head free. Especially if you are going on uneven terrain.
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post #14 of 14 Old 12-21-2013, 07:04 AM
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Where I ride-dirt roads in my community-there are no "tack police" so I can ride w/my English bridles & my Western or Aussie saddles. I also like to wear English breeches & have never ridden in jeans since I discovered breeches over 40 years ago. I only ride to please myself & the few people that may see me ride don't know the difference anyway. Other than my 2 neighbors that I sometimes ride with I've only seen 3 other riders in my 2 years out here.
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