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post #1 of 34 Old 01-04-2015, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Smile English Riding, HELP!

Hi, i want to start English riding! I know i need a size 17 or 17.5. Could yall help me with;
*where to get a saddle
* buy new/used
*how to introduce English to a Western horse
*what tack do ya need
* how to budget the spending
* and then riding tips
Thanks if you reply!
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post #2 of 34 Old 01-04-2015, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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English riding tips

Hi, can anyone like talk to me and give me some riding tips!
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post #3 of 34 Old 01-04-2015, 03:31 PM
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Hi, i want to start English riding! I know i need a size 17 or 17.5. Could yall help me with;
*where to get a saddle
* buy new/used
Go to your local tack shop and try out the saddles there. If you don't have a horse or consistently work with one, there really isn't a reason to buy your own saddle.

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*how to introduce English to a Western horse
It depends on what discipline you're planning on riding. Your best bet would be to find a trainer/instructor to help you.

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*what tack do ya need
An english saddle, saddle pad, and a bridle would be the bare basics. Protective boots depending on the nature of the work the horse will be doing.

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* how to budget the spending
Having a stable source of income and being adept about how you manage your spending.

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* and then riding tips
Find a reliable riding instructor. You can't learn to ride here on the internet.
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post #4 of 34 Old 01-04-2015, 04:04 PM
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Used is probably cheaper for a quality saddle. Fit is very important, and in my opinion more difficult that western fitting.

You will also need an English bit and saddle pad. Besides that most of your western tack should do.

It might be a good idea to do a few lessons maybe even on a lesson horse before investing in tack. Not only will it serve as a good introduction you will also start to get a feel for the equipment needed and the differences.
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post #5 of 34 Old 01-04-2015, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you both, but you are treating me like a child. I am a very experianced rider and i own 3 horses that i picked them out myself. I might even get a wild mustang colt next summer!
still, thank you! And Western is harder than English. i rode English once or twice and it was easy, Western; try tacking up Western. the saddles only weigh like a 100 pounds.
I don't board at a stable either, we own a farm, and land in town for the sumer Fair showing.
I don't have riding lessons with a trainer, i teach myself and learn from my mistakes!
Have a good evening
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A very "experienced" rider would know that most horses start with English principles of riding so most western horses change over easily.

100# western saddle? Maybe a fully loaded parade saddle.
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post #7 of 34 Old 01-04-2015, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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um; the beautifull old ones weigh alot. and actually my horse was not started with english principles and i know that as a fact
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Thank you both, but you are treating me like a child. I am a very experianced rider and i own 3 horses that i picked them out myself. I might even get a wild mustang colt next summer!
still, thank you! And Western is harder than English. i rode English once or twice and it was easy, Western; try tacking up Western. the saddles only weigh like a 100 pounds.
I don't board at a stable either, we own a farm, and land in town for the sumer Fair showing.
I don't have riding lessons with a trainer, i teach myself and learn from my mistakes!
Have a good evening
You could help out those trying to answer your questions by giving more focused questions and information on your background. In what way do you perceive as Western harder than English? It seems by what you've described that the size of Western saddles are less convenient than English ones. You don't describe what kind of English riding you aim to do. Jumpers? Eventing? Dressage? English pleasure? Hunters? Simply just riding in an English saddle? If you were as experienced as you claim you would also know that finding a trainer to help you is in no way patronizing and is something that someone actively desiring knowledge in an unfamiliar area would gladly seek out.
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I don't understand why you're getting so defensive. Apparently you're very "experienced", but you don't know anything about English tack? You asked for advice; they gave you advice. It's not their fault that you came off as a novice in English riding, because you are. If you didn't even know what tack you need, how can they know that you know what you're doing? Please don't ask for help and then be rude when people give you GOOD advice.
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post #10 of 34 Old 01-04-2015, 09:14 PM
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Thank you both, but you are treating me like a child. I am a very experianced rider and i own 3 horses that i picked them out myself.
Canterklutz and Saskia gave you very solid and polite advice. You have zero reason to get defensive.

If you are so "experienced", you wouldn't be on here asking very basic questions.

There's nothing wrong with asking questions. I'm learning a good bit about English myself. But there is something wrong with asking questions and THEN getting defensive and childish because you didn't like the responses, and trying to talk yourself up.

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And Western is harder than English. i rode English once or twice and it was easy
Western is not harder than English.

English is not harder than Western.

Both are different disciplines that provide their own challenges and are both difficult. Anyone who is "experienced" enough knows that.

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Western; try tacking up Western. the saddles only weigh like a 100 pounds.
That is an extreme exaggeration. Western saddles do not weigh 100 pounds.

If you want people to take you seriously as an "experienced" horseperson, cut out the huge exaggerations and generalizations.


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I don't have riding lessons with a trainer, i teach myself and learn from my mistakes!
That's fine and dandy (as there are lots of people who learn how to ride on their own) but why not learn from someone who has been-there and done-that? Why not learn from them so you don't HAVE to repeat the same mistakes people always make?

Why are you against taking lessons?

If you don't even know where to purchase an English saddle, or how to introduce it to your horse, etc, I also doubt that you know how to correctly fit an English saddle. Here's one video to get you started, but you still need to enlist the help of a trainer to help you IN PERSON fit the saddle to your horse. It's a big investment and important for your horse.



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* and then riding tips
Go take some English riding lessons. They will help you greatly. (And anyone who says that they won't learn anything from riding lessons, are the ones that really, really need them.)

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