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        12-20-2013, 09:52 PM
    Green Broke
    Bsms--I have to say, your post with the picture of "the abused horse ridden by the yahoo" made me laugh xD Oh my gosh, so cute...

    I just wanted to toss in that I feel incredibly more secure in a jumping saddle than in a western one... But that's simply because it's what I am used to, and what I have pretty much always ridden in. There is security in the familiar xD
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        12-20-2013, 10:15 PM
    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 .
        12-22-2013, 06:07 PM
    Green Broke
    Bsms.. well said. We western people appreciate that. Also, I have ridden in a wintec all purpose saddle and an English saddle, although I am simply a trail rider.
    I am no pro in either form of riding and the wintec ap dressage was comfy, I still prefer teh western saddle , and as kid you could not get me into a saddle.. bare back , and I would even jump hay bales etc .
        12-31-2013, 02:26 PM
    Wow, this ended up being a much more interesting conversation than I had bargained for hahaha.

    Well, thank you for all of the advice, I really appreciate it.

    I understand and appreciate everyone's concern for my horse's arthritis, but the buck was simply a behavioral "spook" and I am 99% positive it had nothing to do with her being in pain. We had just finished a long ride and I was cooling her off at a slow walk, and I think it was the first week or second week that we had been at the stable, so if she had bucked me off it would have been earlier in the ride... not at the end, after she was warmed up and comfortable.

    For now, I have decided to continue doing arena work and I've taken baby steps back onto the trail, actually in my dressage tack, by walking her halfway through one of the bridle paths (big step for me hahaha) and taking her into one of the paddocks to get her out of the arena. I'm hoping that when the spring comes, with nicer weather and better footing, hopefully my confidence will come around and we can do more on the trail and out of the arena.

    Thank you for all of your opinions and thoughtful responses. Happy (almost) New Year!

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