|Western Riding Lessons
Woodland Horse Center in Montgomery
County, Maryland (MD) offers Western
lessons to adults. These lessons are
perfect for folks who are preparing for a
riding adventure out west or those who
want to expand their knowledge of
We offer these lessons as:
- Private: just you and your Instructor
- Semi-Private: you provide your riding
- Group: 3 or 4 students in one class
Your lessons are designed to be safe and
lots of fun! AND, have you really ready for
your upcoming adventure!!
of 13 for $545
package of 4 for
of 4 for $200
or $55 each
of 4 for $240
or $65 each
What are the Differences Between English and
Western Riding Styles?
By Katherine Blocksdorf, About.com
Western riding developed according to the needs of 'cowboys'. The
Western saddle is made to distribute weight more evenly over the horse’s
back so horse and rider can counterbalance the weight of a roped cow.
The seat is comfortable for long hours over rough terrain. The horn
anchors a lariat when roping cattle.
English riding takes many of its traditions and equipment from European
mounted military styles.
Type of Horse:
Western horses tend to be compact and traditionally capable of steady
travel all day with small bursts of speed to chase stray cattle.
English style horses tend to be taller.
But some individuals have surprising talents and a stocky Quarter Horse
may surprise you in the dressage ring, while a Thoroughbred might have
unexpected ‘cow sense’. Chances are your horse and you can find some
success—and certainly fun, at any discipline or riding style no matter his
type or breeding.
* Walk very similar for both English and Western.
* Trot/Jog: A jog is very smooth, relaxed, and slightly faster than a walk.
The jog is useful for following herds of cattle. Riders sit a jog, and do not
post. A trot is posted unless a sitting trot is required in the show ring.
* Canter/Lope: The Western lope is a slow relaxed canter. An canter can
be very elevated, extended, or collected with many variations in speed
depending on the specific discipline or style.
The most distinctive element of Western riding is the hat. Traditional
Western hats are giving way to the use of helmets. Western style helmets
are available. A comfortable shirt, jeans and Western style boots
complete the traditional look. Many Western riders opt to wear sporty
looking helmets, even in the show ring.
English riders wear a traditional style ‘hunt cap’. A fitted jacket, shirt,
jodhpurs or breeches and jodphur boots or tall boots complete the
English rider’s habit.
The Basics of What You’ll Need to Know:
Western riders will learn how to hold the reins with one hand, and sit the
trot. English riders will learn to hold a rein in each hand and post the trot.
As you progress you will learn to cue and control your horse for different
speeds within each gait, and other skills you’ll need to participate in
various disciplines. If you plan to compete, you’ll need to learn to braid or
band a mane, pull a tail, and other grooming details depending on what
you are competing in.
|16301 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20905