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    04-20-2009, 05:27 PM
western reining english riding

Im riding an ex western pleasure horse for lessons and my instructor is having me do neck reining, western one hand reins and very loose reins with him. I havent ridden western in a year or more, and even then it was nothing fancy, the horses were lazy and they weren't even finished so they didn't even follow all the aids, so even though I used to ride western for like 5 years, it still seems that all I know i've learned from reading. So I feel like im still in that trial and error stage.

Any advice? Really I am just interested in improving my western reining skills, along with my english riding skills, and learning and bonding with a really awesome horse.
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    04-20-2009, 08:57 PM
Maybe find a different instructor. Sounds like you're farther then all the horses they have for you so try somewhere else if you can.

I feel like the horses that I've been showing and stuff have all held me back but I know that once I get my horse trained to its fullest then I can blast everyone away! Lol. I just have to wait and I hate waiting! Lol. Maybe you can find a horse that has more training on it?
    04-21-2009, 07:49 AM
I think the common misconception is that western and english riding are incredible different. In reality, they're not. You still need the same basics. The biggest difference is the tack.
Way of riding differs from dicipline to dicipline. A barrel racer needs a different "type" of riding than a pleasure rider. A reiner needs a different seat than a roper. Essentially they all begin with the basics of riding, then evovle to suit the needs of that particular dicipline.
Where do you want to go with your western riding? Do you want to stay in the pleasure events? Or move to speed events? Or cattle events?

It all depends on your goal as a rider.
    04-29-2009, 08:26 PM
Use your legs ;)

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