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    10-04-2010, 01:59 PM
English lessons in a Western saddle?

I just started taking riding lessons for the first time. My instructor does mostly Western and some English, but she is teaching me English. The thing is the saddle I use is a Western saddle with the horn and I'm concerned about whether its okay to learn English riding in a Western saddle. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to jump in the Western saddle but I'm nowhere near jumping yet. So for now, is the Western saddle okay to learn the basics of riding?

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    10-04-2010, 02:03 PM
No, a Western saddle is not a good choice if you want to learn to ride an English seat.

English and Western saddles put you in completely different positions.

I can fake riding in a Western saddle but I'm miserable, because I ride an English balanced seat and a Western saddle throws me out of position.

Even the basics are different because, again, the positions are different.

If you want to learn proper English style riding you MUST learn in an English saddle.
    10-04-2010, 02:04 PM
No, western saddles are way different than english saddles. If you learn in a western then go to english, you're pretty much going to have to learn all over again
    10-04-2010, 02:31 PM
Thanks for the quick response. There are some English schools farther from where I go now but they charge $40 per lesson and I currently pay $25 per lesson. I'll talk to my instructor about whether she can get an English saddle for me to use. I really like her and we have a great teacher/student relationship, I trust her and am comfortable asking my million questions lol. But if I'd have to relearn an English saddle then I'm not "saving" any money in the long run.
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    10-05-2010, 11:42 AM
I'm a little confused by your last posting.

How had you hoped to save money by learning to ride an English seat?

Regardless of the discipline tack, riding wear, and all the gear are expensive.

You should learn a particular discipline because you enjoy it, not because you think it might save you money in the long run.

Yes, if you want to learn to ride a proper, balanced English seat, you'll need different tack. You just simply cannot learn to ride an English seat in Western tack.
    10-05-2010, 12:37 PM
Speed Racer - To clarify, I am learning a discipline because I enjoy it. :)

The "saving" money was referring to the fact that where I take lessons now is $25 while other places charge $40. So I "save" $15 per lesson, which was great until I learned that there is a difference b/w English and Western saddles. Since I want to learn English (with the goal of eventually doing jumps), my $15 per lesson isn't much of a "savings" anymore because I am using a Western saddle during my lesson. Eventually I will have to learn how to ride an English saddle, and thus in a sense start from square 1 with my lessons. So in the long run, it will cost more money for me to learn English in a proper English saddle if I continue to ride in a Western saddle. I hope that made sense lol.

Thanks again for the replies, they were very helpful :)
    10-05-2010, 12:44 PM
I agree with SR about the position the saddle puts you in.

My trainer claimed she was teaching us how to ride English in a western saddle, but now that I'm older and have a little more experience, it sounds silly.
    10-05-2010, 08:22 PM
Quick update - My instructor has an English saddle and tack, so starting next week I'll be officially taking English riding lessons! I'm soooo excited!!!

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