Every western horse should be able to “ride English” in the sense of lighter, flocked saddles with thinner pads and direct reining of a snaffle. The usual starting of a western horse involves a transition from the snaffle to the curb, and direct reining to neck reining.
Itching can be a legitimate reason for a horse wanting to rub on something, but that something shouldn’t be you. That doesn’t mean that you can’t help out your itchy horse, though. If you’ve just come in from a long, hot ride and your horse is sweaty under the bridle, rubbing is just a way to scratch her itchy head.
Is Horseback Riding Difficult? … So, while just sitting on a horse may appear easy, learning to ride well is just as difficult as learning to do any other sport well. The Topendsports website lists horseback riding as the 54th most demanding sport, based on 10 components of athleticism.
So, which is easier? I’d have to say western is easier than english. For one thing, the larger saddle provides a more secure seat for the novice rider. … English riding, even for the beginner, involves the coordination of multiple factors, such as legs, reins and balance to maintain control of the horse.
Perfect Posture: Sit tall and relaxed with your shoulders back. Don’t stiffen your back and try not to slouch—bad posture is as much a problem when riding as when walking or running. Sit Tall in the Saddle: Look up and past your horse’s ears.
Posting is when you move your body up and down in time with the horse’s gait, and it is more common in English riding. However, there is a special posting trot in Western riding as well. Most of the time Western riders jog in the sitting position, however.
You can expect a smaller, lighter saddle in the English world and a larger saddle when riding western. You’ll also notice one with a saddle horn and the other without. Sometimes, western saddles will have a more plush, comfortable seat. English riding tends to have a closer contact feel.
English riding involves a bit more balance and coordination of the reins and legs, so riders may not feel immediately secure in the saddle. The larger Western saddle makes it easier for the beginner to sit comfortably and feel more secure.
Even western riders face the occasional jump, whether in trail classes or riding out on trails. While you might not want to make a career of riding horses over jumps, it is valuable to know how to go over a jump in a way that’s safe and comfortable for you and comfortable for your horse.
Look at his ears
To know if your horse loves you, you have to learn how to observe and interpret the movements and positions of his ears. If he has loose and relaxed ears around you, it’s a sign that he feels comfortable with you. Another positive sign is that the horse keeps its ears slightly back when being ridden.