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post #1 of 5 Old 06-06-2009, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Western questions-english rider

Hi, I'm strictly an english rider, but just messing around I've taught my boy some western stuff. I have a few questions though...

1) For western, is it correct the horse should move away from leg pressure? (I.E. left leg=turn right)

2) even though he has a normal headset for "English mode" He prefers to carry his head low for "Western mode" is this right? He's not pulling, he just carries it low

3)How do I encourage "western mode" above the walk? He neckreins, stops, backs, turns, etc, on a loose rein at a walk, but as soon as we trot he only moves around my leg and direct reins, aka "English mode" How do I get him to neck rein at the trot?

4) I use an english saddle and bridle, do I still need to sit the trot?

Sorry for the stupid questions
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-06-2009, 06:37 PM
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They're not stupid questions and I can help you with some of them.

1) Yes it is important that a horse moves away from leg pressure.

2) I can't help you with this one, depends on the horse class. Stock or Pleasure.

3) I can't help you on this one either.

4) Yes, you do need to sit the trot, but it would help a lot if you were to use western tack.

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I think that I can help too

1: Yep, move away from leg pressure.

2: Yes as well. A typical western headset is level with the withers regardless of class. If you are looking for a WP headset, it needs to be a bit lower though.

3: Just keep working him at the trot. Encourage the neck rein by moving the outside rein against his neck and then if he doesn't respond, tell him with the inside rein. It sometimes takes some time for them to figure it out. After he gets it at the trot, work your way up to the lope.

4: It is more typical to sit the trot in western but it is not necessary. I post often when in an extended trot because it is easier. But yes, sitting the trot is easier in western tack. :)

And agreed with tempest. No such thing as stupid questions. :)

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Thanks! I'm just doing it for fun while I cool out, so I'm not too worried about not having western tack
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-08-2009, 01:20 AM
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1 and 2 is already answered well enough.

3) To get him neck reining better try transitions, and lots of surpentines at the trot. if comes with time for every horse.

4) Since you're doing this while you cool out you can sit the trot, usually you would post it when you first start a work out because you want to be off their back while it warms up.

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