Am I the only one?

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Am I the only one?

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        06-08-2009, 01:12 AM
    Am I the only one?

    I find english saddles quite comfortable. I've heard many people say they prefer the western saddles for comfiness. Maybe I was never in a western saddle that fit me, but I still think I'd prefer the english saddle. I prefer not having all the bulk between the horse and I either.
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        06-08-2009, 01:25 AM
    I think its all you're own opinion. Alot of people feel safer in a western saddle. If you've ever rode in a trail saddle they have alot of padding and most western saddles help put you in the right position so you don't have to try as hard to keep it right. You also can stretch you're legs out and just relax in a good western saddle.
        06-08-2009, 02:14 AM
    I'm way more comfortable in my english saddle, but I do have a set of western gear for my horse too. I only ride in the western tack when we go on the trail because I need the extra control her western bit and chain give me, mostly because we do a lot of running like all hell is chasing is. And it's always nice to have a horn to hold on to if we get in a "fight" about whether or not we are going up the hill, crossing the road, walking past the big scary stick, etc. She knows the difference though. English means we have to work, western means we get to walk along and run when we feel like it. =]
        06-08-2009, 07:42 AM
    I've ridden in uncomfortable and comfy incarnations of both. Mabe the western makes me a little more "emotionally" comfy on a greener horse or a trail ride? It's definitely all in the construction of the saddle. I've seen people ride in westerns with truly wacky stirrup and rigging configurations that force their toes down, their seats out of the "pocket", and their shoulders so far forward that they are begging to roll over the horse's shoulder. I think a basically correct position goes a long way to rider comfort, and a western saddle's extra leather gives a lot more potential interference than an English.
        06-08-2009, 05:13 PM
    I am most comfortable in an english saddle. For me it's because most of my riding has been english, and it's just more natural feeling to me. I do have a western saddle and ride western, but mostly gaming, although I did do western pleasure for a while. The only thing I don't like about western saddles is having so much between the horse and me. :]

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