I have truly developed a love and appreciation for both methods of riding. I totally plan on mix and matching once I buy my horse. That's why one of my requirements for a horse is that they go english or western. I can't imagine choosing one or the other at this point.
I recently sat in a western saddle after not having sat in one in years. The first thing I said was, "This is so comfy!" Then I said, "I feel like I'm so far away!" lol.
I still use reining even if I happen to be riding English. Riding is riding. Unless you are trying to compete in a show that has requirements there are no "rules" about equipment or style. What works best for the rider and horse and what should be used.
[QUOTE=elevenelevenxo;241893]. And if you ever see someone posting in a Western saddle, don't laugh at 'em.....it's better for the horse if the rider's posting versus smacking their butt on the saddle like a big 'ol potato sack! I've heard so many Western riders chastize someone for posting saying "you don't do that when you ride this way!" QUOTE]
This makes me laugh cause I have always posted regardless of tack and my trainers teach posting regardless as well. I post all the time as its more comfortable and easier on my back as well as builds muscle(on me) haha :]
----Oh darn it can't get the stupid quote to work-_- my computer just went mental
That is what we call "winglish" or "estern" and it is totally I don't know if it is normal but its totally fine and fun!!! I agree with the comfort thing. I had to right this little beast mare in a western saddle with her english. Because she tossed me a few times so I was a little shaky. But its totally fine and won't screw your horse up at all
Someday I need to get a picture of me riding with an English saddle, Australian leathers, western stirrups over a navajo blanket while wearing T-shirt, jeans and cowboy boots. With a rope sidepull halter.