Find a western trainer near you by using the map button, or click the categories button to search for a specific business such as western tack shops, trainers and coaches.
Our directory can help you find western riding trainers in your area that are great with various horses and people. We also have a list of high-quality tack retailers who specialise in everything from saddles to rope halters.
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Western riding is a style of horseback riding that can be traced back to the Spanish Conquistadors. They brought the Western riding tradition with them from Spain and was eventually adapted for ranching and warfare. Western riding is still a practical discipline today, with some raches still uses wranglers and horses to manage herds.
Here in the UK, western riding is primarily a leisure activity. Some people show their horses in the various western disciplines: reining, western pleasure, ranch pleasure, trail, ranch trail, barrel racing, horsemanship and showmanship, while others prefer trail riding.
Many people are attracted to western riding by the slower paces, the relaxed style of riding and the strong links with horsemanship and building bonds to achieve a compelling bond that makes this style look effortless.
If you are new to western riding and would like to learn the basics, you can sign up for our western riding 101 course for free, and each week we'll send you a basic over of the classes and the tack and equipment.
The Western Horse UK directory has a listing of western riding instructors and coaches around the UK. If you have your own horse, several instructors will travel to you. If you want to learn on a lesson horse, you should look for one of the licenced western riding schools.
You should have a safety hat (riding schools can lend these to you), riding boots or western boots if you have them (there is a difference between cowboy boots for dancing and cowboy boots for riding), comfortable jeans (riding jeans if you have them) and a comfortable shirt.
If you are an English rider and that's the riding gear you have, that will work fine for your first few lessons. You'll soon be hooked and out shopping for western riding clothes.
Several member associations support western riding in the UK. The American Quarter Horse Association runs clinics and shows throughout the year for western riders with Quarter Horses; visit their website for the various resources they have for their members. The Western Equestrian Society is open to any breed of horse and has regional leads that help organise local events; they also run the WES national show every August. British Reining is dedicated to the western discipline of reining, running shows and clinics to support their members.
Western Horse UK is the only magazine for western riders in the UK, covering various topics and disciplines with training articles from leading horsemen and women from around the world.