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post #31 of 34 Old 01-09-2015, 08:27 PM
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To learn English well and safely, I highly recommend finding an instructor who can give you longeline lessons, followed by lessons without stirrups.

They're hard to find. It's considered old-school. What these lessons will do is teach you a seat and proper position, which is very different in English than Western. You need repetitions, as that will build muscle-memory. No matter how experienced you are in Western, when you start english, be humble and accept that you will start from the beginning again.

Saddle choice will depend on your discipline, next what will fit your horse, then what will fit your budget. Find someone knowledgable in your area, and ask them for help guiding you through these things.

And you posted in "New to Horses", so please do not be offended that we all assumed that you are new to horses.
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post #32 of 34 Old 01-09-2015, 08:40 PM
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First off, every one here has offered you good advice but you take it as insults and started crying. Doing all the chores day after day does NOT make you a good rider. Haha, nope. It only teaches you responsibility and having a good work ethic. But it can give you muscle and exercise, hauling hay and buckets, etc. etc.

Now, if you will please act like a sensible person, read through all the posts again and find the good advice in each one. And also hear me out.

No one here is trying to be mean -- if they are then ignore them -- we are looking out for you and your horse and offering some good advice.

*where to get a saddle
Tack stores.
* buy new/used
Whatever is decent and will work for you.
*how to introduce English to a Western horse
Find a good trainer that knows what he/she is doing. Switching a horse from one discipline to another may sound simple and easy. But there will be tack changes. English saddles are lighter than Western so imagine how strange that would feel to him. Plus different cues, shorter stirrups, etc.
*what tack do ya need
Very basic question. If you are SO experienced you should know what all tack you need. Saddle, bridle, halter, reins, breastcollar, lead rope, etc.
* how to budget the spending
Write on a paper how much you can spend. Then take that and make up costs on how much items will cost. A saddle can probably be $500, bridle maybe $50, reins $20, etc, etc. But prices will vary depending on your area or store, whatever.
* and then riding tips
TIP #1: Find an instructor
TIP #2: Take lessons
TIP #3: Get tips from taking lessons
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Keep going, keep moving forward. You'll get it together someday.
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post #33 of 34 Old 01-09-2015, 08:56 PM
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Oh man, this thread xD

Take lessons, it's the best way to learn.

What discipline, exactly, are you looking to ride?

Aaaand, for the record, it's very off putting to be snide about English vs Western.

The sensitivity of the internet baffles me.
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post #34 of 34 Old 01-10-2015, 01:10 AM
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there has been a bit of confusion here, and some folks could have cut the OP a bit more slack. but, for now, let's shut the book on this one.
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