Two months ago I got a gangly, fugly (in most peoples eyes he is, but I think he is perfect), skinny TB who is 17hh. When I bought him, I didnt think he could ever do western, nope, not a chance. After someone said that he could never do western and if he did he would suck, I got the urge to try. I have ridden western before, placing 2nd and 3rd in my two gait eq. Classes (though that was on a old boy with Ring Bone about 2 years ago). I have ridden western since, but more just based on having fun. But I havent ridden western for about 4+ months. I do miss it though.
So now to the important stuff.
Bear is 17hh, a TB, has only done hunters (though he is a very smart boy and picks things up really fast), but does this mean he wont make a good western horse? If you ask me, no, that doesnt mean he wont make a good western horse. I know a lot of TBs who are good western horses and I do know WP horses that are 17ish hands. What is your opinion on this?
Also, how do I get started? Should I start with just free lunging Bear with the western on him? I wouldnt change bits for a while so he doesnt get super confused. I would just ride him in a loose ring snaffle until he got used to it. I would be showing him two handed until he got used to the whole "neck reining" thing. We would only be doing schooling shows until fair next summer.
I guess I just was advice! I will have a trainer coming out once a week (hopefully) that has shown western like mad and racks up the blues. I might be able to ride a really nice WP horse every once and a while too.
Sorry for the super long post everyone! If I get some good replies I might post a video on Bear and I in our dressage tack attempting dressage! (: