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post #1 of 10 Old 11-23-2013, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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I'm Converting

I believe i'm converting from English to Western!!..... Well some what, i'm still going to keep my english saddle and ride english but I just want to shake it up a bit. I've been riding western a lot at my school and have realized how much i'm falling in love with it! Excited to see how my lanky Thoroughbred handles going western. Poor guy hasn't been ridden in about 5 months when my brother passed away, so this should be interesting. If you have any tips that'll be great.

Wish me luck!

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post #2 of 10 Old 11-23-2013, 10:17 PM
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I was going to make a silly joke about "converting" , but seeing that you just lost your brother makes me rather want to speak my condolences. So sorry for your deep loss.

I have ridden both dressage and Western, and they are both enjoyable . I hope you will continue to feel comfortable moving between E and W.
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-23-2013, 10:33 PM
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I ride my thoroughbred in both disciplines and funny enou she prefers western. She prefers the loose rein and slow gaits they're asked to exhibit better
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post #4 of 10 Old 11-23-2013, 10:37 PM
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Horses generally don't care about what saddle is on their back in my experience.

Have fun trying it out!
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post #5 of 10 Old 11-24-2013, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for you condolences Tinyliny, its has been rough... hints why Iv'e not rode my horse in a while. But thanks everyone else! My guy is picky so I hope he can pick it up, if he doesn't do that well it will still be fun for me!!

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post #6 of 10 Old 11-24-2013, 02:57 AM
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I've also taken up western after MANY years as an English rider. I can honestly say that western is not easier than English - it is just different. I am finally starting to look like I am riding western instead of riding English in my western saddle!

I also offer condolences. I lost my brother very unexpectedly back in 2001. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him and miss him terribly.
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post #7 of 10 Old 11-24-2013, 08:24 AM
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I am so sorry to hear about your brother.


About 4 years ago, we switched from riding dressage to Western (for a variety of reasons). It took some getting use to for me, but I love it a lot and even more so since getting a new saddle & some other tack to make it better for both of us.
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post #8 of 10 Old 11-24-2013, 08:42 AM
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So sorry to hear about your loss; it sounds like your brother was very loved.

Enjoy riding, no matter what discipline it is ;)
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post #9 of 10 Old 11-24-2013, 09:02 AM
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I, too, offer my sympathies on the loss of your brother and understand how it can turn your world completely upside down.

As far as changing your TBs saddle and discipline, I agree with the others that it probably won't mean much to him. I used to start young TBs for the track in western, and now everyone I know starts TBs for polo in western saddles.

Several of us even use our polo "ponies" for cow work or to check pastures when they are young and during the off season. Very good for their brains and temperament.

Have fun!
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-24-2013, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thank all you guys for your condolences.

I'm also very sorry Arab Mama for your loss as well, as time goes on the wound does not completely heal I feel.

I love seeing all the great comments thou, about people switching and horses taking well to switching styles. I've never really done that with my horse or any horses, so I was curious.

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