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Everything "English".  Your guide to English Disciplines, Saddles, Show, and Apparel. 

Polo is commonly called the “Sport of Kings” is a worldwide sport that has garnered more attention in the last couple of decades.  Originally played in Persia, the sport of polo is now competed in such countries as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, France, Germany,  New Zealand, Mexico, Jamaica, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United Sates.  The object of the game is to score goals against the opposing team.  A goal is scored when a small ball is driven into the opposing team’s goal with a mallet.  The sport is played traditionally outdoors in a...
Buying a new or first saddle can seem like a daunting challenge.   Next to the purchase price of your horse this is most likely the most expensive piece of equipment that you will purchase.  In order to make this task less daunting, this article breaks done the factors and features of saddle buying and what to consider when purchasing one.   Discipline:   The first factor that you should consider is what riding discipline you are interested in partaking in.  You do not want to purchase a western pleasure saddle if you intend on jumping in the hunter ring or riding in the dressage ring. ...
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  “English” is a very broad term for a style of riding that really has many variations. Just like how within “Western” riding there is barrel racing, show pleasure, trail, ranch work, reining, cutting etc, within the broad term of “English riding there are many subcategories also. Some of the main disciplines are Dressage, Show Jumping, Hunter Jumper, 3 Day Eventing and Saddle Seat. Each discipline has its own set of rules and standards, as well as ideal equine qualities. Dressage Dressage is an elegant, competitive sport, often called “horse ballet”. It has standardized progressive...
  One of the first things that a new rider has to learn to do is tack up their horse. Tacking up is the term used to describe putting a saddle pad, saddle, girth and bridle on the horse. The process for putting an English saddle on a horse is different from putting a western saddle on a horse. If you want to ride English, you will need to able to put the English saddle on the horse correctly.   Step One Groom your horse thoroughly to make sure there is no dirt or debris in the area of the back and barrel where the saddle will go. Trapped dirt can rub and cause the horse to develop sores.  ...
English saddles are made to allow close contact between the rider’s seat and legs with the horse’s back and sides. The smaller, dipped seat, thin flaps, and free-standing stirrup leathers permit the equestrian to feel the movements horse’s shoulder, back, barrel, and rump muscles, and provide both rider and mount a means of unfettered communication. Making sure that your English saddle correctly fits your horse ensures that your animal stays pain-free from sore back muscles and pressure sores, and allows for both of you to have safe, fun rides. The best way to determine if your saddle fits...
How To Put an English Saddle On a Horse   If you want to ride English, one of the first tasks you will have to accomplish is saddling the horse. Fortunately, putting an English saddle on a horse is a skill that can be mastered fairly easily by most new riders. Step One Groom your horse thoroughly to make sure there is no dirt or debris in the area of the back and barrel where the saddle will go. Trapped dirt can rub and cause the horse to develop sores. Step Two Place your English saddle pad on the horse's back, just barely covering the withers. Make sure the saddle pad is placed so that it...
The Parts of an English Saddle       Learning how to correctly name and identify the parts of an English saddle is a basic part of learning to ride. All of the parts of the saddle serve a function that helps make the saddle comfortable and effective.   Pommel: The pommel of the saddle is the area at the front of the saddle where the bars and the gullet of the tree come together. Cantle: The cantle forms the back of your English saddle. It is also the back of the seat. It is turned up slightly on most models in order to help support the rider. Seat: The seat of an English saddles is...

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