In general, there are two ways to ride a horse: English style and Western style. Western-style involves steering with your saddle position, hips, and light reining on a horse’s neck (neck reining), whereas English style involves more close contact between the reins and a horse’s mouth.
How do you steer a Western horse?
Western riding is supposed to be relaxed and comfortable for both you and your horse.
- Sit up straight but let your weight be distributed deeply in the saddle.
- Allow your hips to move with the movement of your horse.
- Keep your back relaxed.
- Relax your arms and hold the reins gently.
- Remain centered in the saddle.
Do Western Riders Post?
Once thought of as an activity only for sissies or English riders, posting is now de rigueur for riders of all disciplines, at least for schooling. Of course, you rarely see Western riders post in the show world. There, the rider sits through all gaits. That works well because those horses walk, jog, and lope.
What does leg on mean in horse riding?
Riders communicate with their horses using horse-logical pressures we call aids. The ‘natural’ aids include the hands (reins), seat (weight), and legs. … Leg on—driving. Leg on—keeping, or. Leg off.
Do Cowboys post the trot?
Cowboys on the range always post the trot, having learned long ago just like their hunt seat comrades that the posting trot is not only the most comfortable when you’re covering long distances at a good clip but it produces balanced, evenly-muscled horses when you switch up your diagonals.