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post #51 of 52 Old 06-04-2017, 10:28 AM
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Golly. This thread went down a rabbit hole! lol

To the OP: Yes, you can ride with a western seat in an "english" saddle. How comfortable and/or secure you will be will depend on the type of saddle you have.

"English" riders display some variation in their position. I recall an interview with a young woman from England in the 70s. She rode forward seat saddle with an atypical seat. She finally figured out she was riding "western."

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Going back to the video that Tiny posted , concerning Dana, first, i don't use that technique nor like it, is not what I meant, far as using contact, but there is a reason some western trainers use it, in training, and itis all geared towards a western horse needing to eventually be shown on a totally loose rein, versus with some contact, regardless if performing a slow pattern or running a pattern at speed, as in reining
thus, there is an over exaggeration used, far as flexing, during training at times, so that when the hrose is shown on a loose rein, he does not o resort to sticking nose out, ect, esp in some fast moves, where bit contact can't be used to keep him correct
I am not saying that is any method someone should use, but explaining it to a degree, esp to those that never have shown a horse a totally loose rein.
The horse is also a senior horse, ridden in a curb, who knows where he should be, and is being not jerked, but bumped when he gets out of position
It is not the way Dana shows ahorse, as I have watched some clinics of hers at the Mane Event
I really think topics on Dana Hokana should be moved to the training forum, as the only video I posted of hers, was the original one, to show that western hroses are trained with some contact, and in no way was trying to endorse all of her methods, nor to turn this into a trainer's thread, as we have a forum for that!
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