I grew up riding Western and then switched to English.
In my humble opinion, English is harder balance wise. An English saddle doesn't hold you in like a some Western saddles can.
Also, in my experience, English requires more muscle. Mainly because you need that muscle to
I'm never as sore after a Western ride as I am after an English ride.
But on the other hand, both require you to be mounted on an animal with a mind of it's own, so neither are easy
It's a preference in the end. While I do find English harder, I prefer it over Western.
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