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  • Is western or english harder on the horse?

 
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    08-10-2009, 02:38 AM
  #21
Weanling
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Originally Posted by shesinthebarn    
It's in the management of the animal IMO.
Exactly.
     
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    08-16-2009, 09:49 PM
  #22
Showing
It's no harder on the horse. Horses have been carrying loads of weight for ages, if it's the weight that wackjob says is harder on them, it's not hard on them. English was not developed because Western is "hard on horses", it was developed for different kinds of riding. That's part of the reason Quarter horses are used for Western and TB's are mostly used for English. They're bred for it, it's not hard on them unless you put a 350-lb guy up on a connemara. There's also a lot of lightweight Western saddles now. The Wintec Western All-Rounder I can carry with my palm and forearm with ease, unlike some of the others. Point is, Western is not hard on horses. ;)
     
    08-16-2009, 09:52 PM
  #23
Showing
Also, the lady that said Western is harder on the horse just wanted your buisness, because they couldn't offer Western
     
    08-19-2009, 01:20 PM
  #24
Green Broke
Its always been said that its much harder for a horse to jog then trot, to lope then canter. To do a dead crawl walk then a normal walk. -Shrug-
     
    08-20-2009, 06:47 PM
  #25
Trained
Hmm...

Well, I know some western ridrs are pretty hard on their horses, but I also found that the more I watched the more I realized they weren't being hard, it was all a sham. Like the reins they used made a cracking sound. I tohught they were hitting their horse really hard, but it turns out the reins were made so that even with the slightest tap it cracked. More of a motivation. I also know that a lot of people misuse standard western equipment, such as the spurs. Most western riders use spurs to jab into the hroses sides, when in reality you are meant to roll your heel down the belly. Just slightly sharper.

English is also very demanding for the horse. Horses do not usually jump unless they have no other choice and like some others said the agility and speed behind it is very demanding.

I don't think either is harder, I think western just seems that way because it's more of the "rough and tough" style.

Also, I would like to add I am mostly a western rider btu I sometimes do Hunter jumper on my mare, Annie. On the other hand, Jester is incredibly numb to your commands. I find myself yelling in the ring for him to pick up the lope. Eventually he will, but he needs the vocal and physical commands. I found that some other horses are like that as well, where others do not. Jester is just lazy.

I believe it depends on the trainer and the horse. I am more firm with my horses, but I love them to death. Sometimes you have to remember there realy is nothing you can do within your own physical range to really hurt them badly. I mean, if you're abusive then obviously it's a problem, but sometimes a horse needs a good motivation. But you have to know how far is too far before you do it.
     
    08-20-2009, 07:06 PM
  #26
Trained
I don't even thing Western is "rough and tough". I ride western and english both and can tell you I have seen people rough on their horses in both disciplines. If you are educated rider, you will be gentle regardless of what discipline you ride.

Delete, I think you made a good point though in the regard that your horse must learn to carry itself properly to do a proper slow lope. That is work but still no more in my mind than collection found in the english realm. (BTW love your avatar! Can't believe you're selling him.)
     
    08-20-2009, 10:49 PM
  #27
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove    
I don't even thing Western is "rough and tough". I ride western and english both and can tell you I have seen people rough on their horses in both disciplines. If you are educated rider, you will be gentle regardless of what discipline you ride.

Delete, I think you made a good point though in the regard that your horse must learn to carry itself properly to do a proper slow lope. That is work but still no more in my mind than collection found in the english realm. (BTW love your avatar! Can't believe you're selling him.)
lol. Thank you, and I wish I wasn't I love him so much.
     
    08-21-2009, 03:28 PM
  #28
Trained
I hope you find a great home for him :)
     
    08-21-2009, 06:56 PM
  #29
Green Broke
Thank you =] I do too.
     
    08-25-2009, 10:18 AM
  #30
Super Moderator
After reading all the posts, I still think western is harder on the horse. I think forcing them to collect up and to move as slowly as they do is just plain hard on their bodies. I thinking spinning and stopping and all of that is hard. And I think if the riders don't take the effort to care for there horses properly they can break down quickly both mentally and physically. I go to a lot of shows and I have seen many horses that are just so beat down mentally they are without personality (that is with english horses as well....

Of course I think jumping can really break a horse down as well. Especially when people are in such a rush to throw them over the fences. It's funny how people get so angry when a western pleasure horse is trained at age 2 yet, for whatever reason it's ok to be jumping a horse at 3...

Oops... i'm cranky, better go get some caffeine now....
     

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