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  • Which is for western riders? side pass or leg yield

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    03-17-2012, 02:23 PM
  #11
Foal
Riding both is good for you and the horse . It's calledcross training . Maybe you're riding English on a trail and you need to open and close a gate ; having side passing and turning that is used in Western trail in good even when you're in an English saddle or you're on a trail in a western saddle and you jump our horse (not recommend but we all know that accidents like not seeing a ditch happens) and you and our horse know what to do without killing eachother . I ride both, more Western though, and it helps a lot (: I grew up Western and plan to stay that way !
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    03-19-2012, 12:15 PM
  #12
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Maybe you're riding English on a trail and you need to open and close a gate ; having side passing and turning that is used in Western trail in good even when you're in an English saddle
Meh....those aren't "western" skills.

Side pass, leg yields, and turns on the forehand are basic horsemanship that every rider should know. Any good basic dressage or flat work lesson at an english barn will include those.

I do everything in english tack, including trail riding, and I have yet to find a need or use for a western saddle. I don't work cattle, so the lack of a horn is a non-issue for me.

I've spent three hours straight on the trail on a Wintec 250 all purpose saddle at all gaits with zero discomfort the day after. And I can ride with one or two hands on the reins, horse still goes where my leg and seat cues tell her to.
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    03-19-2012, 12:22 PM
  #13
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I've spent three hours straight on the trail on a Wintec 250 all purpose saddle at all gaits with zero discomfort the day after. And I can ride with one or two hands on the reins, horse still goes where my leg and seat cues tell her to.
Im so jealous, my knees kill after I ride in an english saddle for too long. I love my english saddle and I would love to ride more in it. Sadly, I can only pull it out on show days I can barely walk after I get off
     
    03-19-2012, 12:33 PM
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Im so jealous, my knees kill after I ride in an english saddle for too long. I love my english saddle and I would love to ride more in it. Sadly, I can only pull it out on show days I can barely walk after I get off
Lengthen your stirrups a bit. Ride without stirrups for a while to give your knees a break. Don't force your weight down on the heels, let it flow down naturally by relaxing hips, thighs, and knees.
     
    03-19-2012, 12:36 PM
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Lengthen your stirrups a bit. Ride without stirrups for a while to give your knees a break. Don't force your weight down on the heels, let it flow down naturally by relaxing hips, thighs, and knees.
Thank you, I will try that!
     
    03-21-2012, 05:46 PM
  #16
Weanling
I think it's definitely worth getting a lesson or two to try it out.

What are you thinking of doing though? Western pleasure, horsemanship type stuff, just fun trail riding, competitive trail, barrels...? Just make sure you get a lesson in the type of western riding you're most interested in.

I show in western pleasure, horsemanship, and trail. Soon western riding, once my horse smooths out his lead changes enough to where I feel it's worth showing.

I started english, with dressage, then I moved to hunters. Now, I still ride english as much as I do western, I just do the Equitation, HUS stuff.

Western was actually a rough transition for me. I was so used to being so close to the horse, and leg cues straight to the point. I had to re-learn all of that. I felt confined in all the leather surrounding me. Now, I'm just as comfortable western, as I am english, but that's partly just from finding the right saddle that I feel balanced in.
It's nice though, once you get into it.
     
    03-21-2012, 05:53 PM
  #17
Trained
I ride both. I'm more into western but I find english excellent for working up some leg muscle. I like bareback for that too. I feel like my horses benefit a LOT from crossing disciplines.
     
    03-21-2012, 06:10 PM
  #18
Showing
Silly VT, of course western riding is much more comfortable...and more fun....and less uptight .






Just kidding everyone!!! Though I do ride western and couldn't imagine anything being more fun for me. English riders have their dressage and jumping and eventing, we western riders have our reining and cutting and roping. They all are exhilarating, they just require different skills .
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    03-29-2012, 10:00 PM
  #19
Yearling
I started out riding western and did for several years. Then I got a job at a hunter jumper barn and worked there for about 8 years. There I learned riding english. I would still occasionally slap a western saddle on and just hack around and trail ride but majority of it was english. I can honestly say it was good for me. I really learned to use my seat and body more. I ride western again pretty much full time . However it is not uncommon to see me post a trot in my western saddle. Especially if Im wanting to cover some ground. My point is give it a try and see for yourself. It is good to broaden your horizons, especially with a sport like this. There is soo much out there.
     
    03-30-2012, 01:12 AM
  #20
Started
Western FTW ;)

Posting a bouncy horse = way better than sitting it, even in a western saddle.

You should try it, you're not going to be stuck with it if you don't like it.

Silly Seth, of course western is better... ;)
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