I am soon getting my first horse in 10 years. Before I was an English rider, doing Dressage, Stadium Jumping, Cross Country and 3 days eventing. What tips can you give me on switching to a western mount.
Soon to be the proud owner of her 1st horse in 10 years!
You shouldn't have any trouble going to western with a good english foundation. I'm pretty sure the leg cues are the same. less direct reining, and of course the saddle weighs a lot more I've never learned anything english but there are lots of members who do both, so I'm sure you will get lots of responses and help.
I think one of the most difficult things must be to learn to sit the trot. No posting in Western! I've had judges "yell" at me before (good naturedly) "Sit down on that horse!" and I'm not even an English rider! One of the points of western (especially Western Pleasure) is to look/be comfortable. Your horse should look like a pleasure to ride. There has to be a good balance of appearing relaxed, yet still being in control and not looking/being lazy.
Western horses neck rein rather than direct rein. I rely a lot on leg pressures with my horses, to the point that I could almost go bridleless. Cues should be nearly invisible.
What specific western events do you plan on doing?
I think one of the most difficult things must be to learn to sit the trot.
I'm sorry, this just sounds odd... 90% of your riding should come from the seat.... I was taught as a young kid to sit my trot - hours and hours of no-stirrup work helped a ton.
When I start teaching again, this is one thing I'll impress upon EVERY student... I can't imagine not being able to sit!
Sorry, I'm a little flabberghasted...?
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