Originally Posted by Hali
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
Originally Posted by sillybunny11486
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 don't 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 I've 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 I've 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 don't 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.