Originally Posted by AshleyNewman
I just kinda got tired of learning and wanted to do more of just riding.
Well, if you don't want to learn and just want to ride (nothing wrong with that) then just ride. It really doesn't matter what saddle you put on the horse or if you are wearing britches or jeans.
The only way to answer the question is to think about what YOU want to do with your horse.
Want to ride barrels, work cows, rope, gymkhana, etc.? Go western
Want to jump, hunter pace, dressage, etc.? Go english
Want to just ride in the ring or on trail and do your own thing? Stop worrying about labels and just have fun. Outside of a judged/competitive/working situation there is little practical difference between english and western when it comes to casual riding.