Originally Posted by ponyboy
I was also taught growing up that Western riders are "Yahoos who kick and race, yank at the bit, etc."But the more I see of good Western riding, the more I think it might be the right way to go.
But this is a false dichotomy anyway because most English horses don't travel around nice and rounded all the time, or even some of the time.
Good riding is good riding, whether you strive to get high marks in the dressage arena or plod around on trails in a western saddle and curb bit, a good rider is still
a good rider.
Unfortunately, there are way too many "yahoos" in both disciplines, IMHO.
I love the look of a horse that can collect up on a loose rein, but that doesn't mean that I can't appreciate a good dressage horse