Western to English?

by Tangolove

Tango-Hope this gives you an okay view of Tango's saddle

Tango-Hope this gives you an okay view of Tango's saddle

Tango-Hope this gives you an okay view of Tango's saddle
Touche'- Hope this gives you a good view of his saddle.

Okay, so some of you remember my past post about how to train my horse, Tango, how to jump. I was just asking to keep that in mind. Now summer is approaching, and I need to train him for English. From a western.... uhhh ...I think it's a roping saddle?

Well, we have a saddle for our horse Touche', and I was wondering if we could use that and still use the western girth? I really want to be able to ride him English this summer. :D Thanks!
(Oh, and by the way, I used to be known as Amy, but I am changing the name to Tangolove)

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Jun 14, 2011
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i don't think
by: Evangeline

i don't think you can, sorry "tangolove".
check out my stories! "Raven:wild stallion of the North", "Polar North" and "willow love"

May 21, 2011
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Saddles
by: Unicorn

Hi Tangolove,
Like the others said - I doubt the girths are interchangeable, but girths can be very cheap, as long as they don't chafe or gall the horse. More importantly, make sure the saddle fits on Tango and on you. An ill-fitting saddle can cause pain and discomfort. Worse, it can be very dangerous - if I dare to use my English saddle on my pony, it slips onto her neck - no matter how tight the girth is - and catapults me over her head. Not nice. Also, saddle sores and girth galls can be very nasty things.
It doesn't need to fit him absolutely perfectly, for the moment. So long as it's not dangerous or harmful, it's fine. You can quite comfortably teach the English basics in a Western saddle. Just don't try to jump. The saddle horn will make things SERIOUSLY uncomfortable :)
Above all, be safe and have fun.
Happy riding!

May 19, 2011
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Answer to your question on girths
by: Horse - Girls page

You can't put an Western girth on a English or an English on a western... Hope this helped!

May 17, 2011
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Sorry
by: Kaitlyn aka Horserider

I really wish I could help... but to tell you the truth I'm sure you can't use a western girth for an English saddle. But I'm not 100 percent sure either, but when you think of it I really can't picture a western girth on an English saddle.

(Oh btw I ride both English and western, but I have been riding western longer.)

May 17, 2011
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i love the horses they are pritty
by: lakelizz

ya i think that would be fine or just look on e-bay to find a cheap girth.

May 16, 2011
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Western to English
by: Carrigan

No, I don't think you can. English girths can be found cheap though.

Jun 30, 2011
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by: Keely

Western girths only have one buckle because western saddles only have one billet (which is very wide). English saddles have three billets, but most English girths only have two buckles, which are positioned how the horse fits the girth. The basics of English and Western are in a sense the same, but when you transfer from Western to English or vice versa, the horse must learn to hold the rider in a new fashion, which in some horses causes more damage than training, a horse I ride was an ex-race horse and his previous owners decided to make him a western horse, and when my riding instructor got him, his back was ruined, so my instructor had to spend a lot of money of veterinarians and horse chiropractors. And he's still sore. Not saying it's impossible to train a horse to do a new discipline, just that you should have some one with the expertize to do it with out ruining the horse.
Hope this helps.

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