Originally Posted by sunburst
less contact and sit the trot :).
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?