I learned to ride originally Western. I thought, "what's with those namsy pamsy English riders that they need to hold on to both reins!" I thought they were big wusses. Years later I took English riding lessons and I came to appreciate how much muscle it takes to stay in an English saddle, post, do two point and such. I started to appreciate English riding and no longer think of it as NamsyPamsy. Riding pell mell acrosss the moors, jumping over stone walls, on those huge horses in a tiny saddle . That takes courage!
Then I got into dressage, and well, that's a whole story, and now I am back to Western again. I appreciate that relaxed attitude of riding western and yes, I do appreciate the saddle that does make it easier to stay put if your horse spins on dime (as mine will do without any warning).
Trail riding is my favorite activity now and am always thrilled when I can hitch a ride out to some new state park or forest lands to ride.
One of these days, I'd love to do pony trekking in Ireland and you can come here and do a dude ranch vacation in the Southwest wide open lands of my country.