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post #31 of 37 Old 10-18-2009, 06:54 PM
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^Thank You^ I don't think either is better than the other, but being a western rider, it bothers me to be looked down upon like I am sloppy and "cheap" as some may view it. From being on this forum, I know there are friendly english riders out there, lol, just not around here that I have met. But trust me, I would definitely love to learn english, like some have said, they are 2 VERY different skills and it would be neat to know both.

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post #32 of 37 Old 10-18-2009, 07:21 PM
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I rarely ever get to ride western anymore. I miss it. I've had some of my funnest times in a western saddle. I actually popped on a friends horse today who was in a western saddle to show her how to correct his behaviour. A saddle is a saddle. It doesn't define the rider or the horse.

I have mad respect for western riders. I boarded my horse at a barn that besides the twelve horses ny trainer had, the other two hundred were either race horses or reiners. It gave me a peek into two worlds I knew nothing about and I got to learn a lot. It's easy to get caught up in the small things but when it comes down to it regardless of what type of tack we choose we are in it because we love horses.

I took COugar cattle penning in an English saddle. We got laughed at a lot but it was all in jest. They were all very accepting of my choice of tack. They all poked fun but in a a very inviting way. I liked that. We were all able to laugh at our differences and get along because of it.
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post #33 of 37 Old 10-18-2009, 07:58 PM
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Doesn't bother me, though I'll admit, before I knew much about english riding, I thought it was just wierd...

I ride my mare western, but my gelding goes both western and english... I actually prefer to ride him english.

It used to be a sight to see a different saddle other than western out here... but now we have more australian/english riders... though I'm still the only person who rides in an english saddle (I no longer get awkward looks)... lol.

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My mother is one of those "English snobs". ;) I prefer English but that's simply because that's all I know. I just feel more secure in a smaller saddle (oddly enough). Although the few times I have ridden Western I rather liked the feel of it, and I wouldn't mind learning to be a better rider in that discipline. Saddening that there seems to be such a superiority complex out there among English peeps...yes, even Westerners! I've been rather removed from the show ring but I still notice it as a bystander...and yes I live in the middle of cowboy country, thus I've seen it go both ways. Both have evolved very differently from each other, with it's own merits and downsides. Both can be beautiful. No reason to feel any one is superior over the other...
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post #35 of 37 Old 10-18-2009, 09:43 PM
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I really don't get the issues between western and english riders. So someone rides western over English. How does that affect you? It doesn't. Anyone who feels 'superior' over someone else just because they ride in a different saddle is well . . . stupid.

I don't get it.

I started off western. I ride English now. Not because it's 'superior' to western, but because jumping and dressage are done in an English saddle. My friends ride western and when we trail ride I ride western as well. I thoroughly enjoy both aspects of either disciplines.
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post #36 of 37 Old 10-19-2009, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Cheshire View Post
I just feel more secure in a smaller saddle (oddly enough).

Me too. Although I am going to start showing my Walker western too, I feel more secure in english. But I like them both.

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post #37 of 37 Old 10-19-2009, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Hali View Post
I really don't get the issues between western and english riders. So someone rides western over English. How does that affect you? It doesn't. Anyone who feels 'superior' over someone else just because they ride in a different saddle is well . . . stupid.

I don't get it.
My thoughts exactly

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I ride english (dressage, h/j, english pleasure, trail), a few things bother me but it can be applied to either displine. I hate when people ride peanut rollers, who are on the forehand or behind the verticle. Your might think you look good, but its not how anyone should be riding. I am not a fan of leverage bits, I see more of that in western. Unless you have soft forgiving hands you can mess up a horses mouth. I dont like those western "cowboys/cowgirls" who think they can break and ride anything.

i really like to watch wps classes at the shows. those horses are gorgeous and look so comfy to ride. and ive always wanted to try to ride a bull. I like how in western shows you try to look as flashy as possible, where in english you have to pretty much blend in and look discrete. i want bling on my saddle!
^I know eh! I can put together some mean purple outfits put never get to show it off at shows!

I have only ridden english but would LOVE to learn western and side sadle. (the closest Ive came to side saddle is sitting side saddle on my horse bareback!) I do have an aussie saddle, wich is pretty close to a western. I like it for trail rides or putting friends/family on a horse for the first time because its practically impossible to fall out of (lol)- it has a horn, elephant ears, and a high cantle! The only thing I dont like about is the stirrups arnt long enough (I am only 5ft tall though) and the girth doesnt have rollers, but I could get one with them if I really wanted to.

This isnt a problem in my area. Although I am yet too hear of somebody giving wwestern lessons.
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