Switching from English to Western...tips? - The Horse Forum
  • 1 Post By oh vair oh
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 07-31-2012, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Pasadena, Maryland
Posts: 863
• Horses: 0
Switching from English to Western...tips?

Hey guys it's been a very long time since I've been here. Lately I've been wanting to ride Cowboy western. I've gotten to the point of having a nice slow jog and he drops his head when we get to that pace, and I just want some tips on this switch.

I have a western bridle, egg butt French link. He works really well in that, better than my D ring snaffle which I use when I ride English.

Yesterday I worked with him just at a jog, had to refresh his memory because I hadn't ridden him in about a month so he was a little rusty. I was also trying to drop his head, and after a few times of us butting heads (not literally!) he was finally getting it. Not so much at the jog, but it was better than me not ever teaching him.

I would like your guy's tips on how to slow down his canter, I've worked with him but it's not the speed I would like. And I would also like to learn how to have him drop his head and get on the bit at the canter and get better at the trot. Thank you!!
Posted via Mobile Device
lubylol is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 07-31-2012, 12:25 PM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Edmonton, AB
Posts: 665
• Horses: 0
Subbing! Im an english rider who is taking on a western project horse at the beginning of September! Id love to hear what everyone else says

For without a horse, i could not fly.
Hailey1203 is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 07-31-2012, 01:02 PM
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 1,620
• Horses: 0
It's funny, the better you ride "western" the more Dressage you use, just with variation. Working on your balance through circles, lots of leg-yielding, half-halts, etc. will all aide in slowing your horse down.

To slow down the canter depends how slow you want to go, and if your horse is physically cut out for it. Softness is always key. Lots of lateral flexion and big releases when you are teaching collection. Working through the butt, two-tracking, half-passing, pivoting, rollbacks, etc. Fast and slow work through transitions.

I use my knees to half-halt. If I press in my knees, my horse knows to slow down. I started at the walk, pressing them and backing up. Soon he associates that pressure with backing. You can get a nice subtle crawly walk and a slower rate of speed for the jog and canter with enough practice.

But to rate the lope, I usually two-track, circle, or back them up before loping.
Amanda B likes this.

oh vair oh is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 07-31-2012, 02:11 PM
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 48
• Horses: 3
For me and my mare, we too are still working on a nice slow canter, she isnt perfect yet, but she is getting the hang of it. My technique is to gently pull back on the reins until she starts to slow, once she starts slowing down, I release pressure. Now sometimes she will start off in that nice lope without me having to tell her. I'm not a professional, but this worked well for me and my mare.
BugABooStreak is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 08-01-2012, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Pasadena, Maryland
Posts: 863
• Horses: 0
Thanks guys. I'm going down to the barn tomorrow of it doesn't rain, I'll he riding bareback. My western saddle is so crusty at the moment lol. I can't wait to try out these tips!
Posted via Mobile Device
lubylol is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
switching from western to english scwrl English Riding 12 01-16-2012 10:18 AM
Some tips about switching from western to english? :) Barrel Baby English Riding 8 12-21-2011 05:08 PM
Switching from English to Western... Xela Western Riding 8 04-01-2011 11:24 AM
Switching from Western to English? Equus_girl Horse Riding 3 03-23-2010 11:32 PM
Thinking of Switching English to Western...Tips? Advice? Anything Appreciated!! SamboStar Western Riding 12 02-22-2009 02:09 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome