Originally Posted by wtwg
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.