So what is the difference between riding English and Western? Of course the saddle, but really what else? Good horsemanship is good horsemanship no matter what saddle you wear, but often English riders ride with contact all the time, and are skeptical, even afraid to ride on a loose rein.
But what would the benefit be? Riding on a loose rein, or what is called freestyle riding is a true test of a rider’s independent seat, and a horse’s self carriage. Not only do you have to use your core instead of your reins to balance, you also must learn to use the rest of your body, such as your weight, seat and legs before you pick up the reins. There are also different patterns that you can teach your horse to carry themselves on the ground and riding without using the reins. You will learn these, as well as differences in tack, and posture.
It all comes down to great horsemanship and an instructor that has experience in not only both these disciplines but also in the ability to teach. Farrah Green lives in both worlds and understands your challenges very well. She is able to not only communicate and teach horses but is also a professional in instructing people. Sign up and experience riding in a traditional western fashion, with the highest level of excellence!