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    11-24-2010, 03:49 PM
To Barry: Thank you for all that. I currently ride a thoroughbred, all though he is a little more uptight then I want. He is use to jumping and a horse that itches at the bit. That is something I am really not looking for. But I don't discriminate, I just don't thing the high strung thoroughbred is what I am looking for.

To Charlicata: I was planning on bringing her. =) I know better then to go myself and pick out a horse when I have a trainer readily on hand that is very willing to go with me. I was actually looking to get a Belgian, since I really just want it for pleasure riding. I am not big into the whole competitions.
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    11-24-2010, 05:00 PM
The matter of Thorobreds.

John Richard Young in his book "The Schooling of the Western Horse" ISBN 85131 182 2 praises the virtue of Thorobreds for use in Western riding and he was an acknowledged American expert in his day.

On our yard we have a delightful good looking 3yo TB mare with an unbelievable pedigree. She doesn't run fast but she is learning her trade quickly. Amazingly she is far more steady at times of stress than my own 9yo Irish Draught mare.
Her name is 'Belle' - that's French for 'beautiful' and so she is.
    11-24-2010, 05:36 PM
Now keep in mind that I have never ridden english, but I would imagine the hardest change to make would be from contact to no contact with the bit. Those curb bits that we use aren't really so much to put a sliding stop on a horse as much as allowing them to feel the rein cues without us touching their mouths. Many of mine will slide to a stop without me ever touching their mouths. English has always kind of seemed a bit uptight to me with the constant bit and leg contact but I have always loved the relaxed air of my western horses . I sit and point and they go with no questions or reservations.

Congrats on making the change, I am sure that you will enjoy yourself greatly.

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