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post #1 of 18 Old 02-03-2009, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Question english or western?

which one is easiest for a first time horse owner????
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post #2 of 18 Old 02-03-2009, 09:24 PM
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Are you planning on trail riding mostly? If so a lot of people prefer western saddles (feel there's more saddle around them). Have you ridden before, or had any lessons?

I personally preferred an english saddle for trail riding, but when I started Walka, decided I wanted a bit more saddle around me and bought a western saddle for him. Now I ride in an endurance saddle and love it.
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post #3 of 18 Old 02-03-2009, 09:48 PM
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It really depends on where your interest lie. What would you like to do? Trail, jump, games? Tootle around the back yard and just play around?
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post #4 of 18 Old 02-04-2009, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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I will have to do a lot of trail ridding and I live on a dirt road. I hope to be talented enough to laern how to jump. =)
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post #5 of 18 Old 02-04-2009, 09:19 AM
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Anyone can learn how to jump if they have a reliable horse, instructor, and proper equipment. ;)

I think it's a matter of personal opinion more than anything. I started riding when I was seven, and I was only ever in an english saddle. I didn't really need a western saddle for more support or whatnot. I think a LOT of this also depends on how reliable your horse is. I didn't end up falling off the first time until I was thirteen or fourteen, and it wasn't because my saddle didn't have enough to it. (My horse decided to dodge around a jump at the last second, effectively sidestepping out from under me. >_<)
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post #6 of 18 Old 02-04-2009, 03:49 PM
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Most people perfer to go trail riding in a western saddle. But I think since you want to learn to jump I would go with getting english lessons. You could always just throw a western saddle on to go on the trails.

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post #7 of 18 Old 02-04-2009, 04:39 PM
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It depends on what you'd like to do. For example, if you're into barrels & such, you could try Western. If you don't like it, you can always switch to English (or you can stay with Western & do things other than barrels of course)- but yeah, depends if the horse you're riding can do those things. However, most horses have the potential to do just about anything if trained right!

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post #8 of 18 Old 02-05-2009, 02:23 AM
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Im gona agree with what everyone else has said but I would defiantly recommend trying both at some point

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post #9 of 18 Old 02-08-2009, 04:02 AM
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I've ridden "western" my whole life if you want to consider the fact that I've mostly used a western saddle, but all the lessons I've ever taken have been English. I think good riding is good riding be it western or english.........helping your horse out and not interfering with his/her way of going is the main point. I've seen beautiful western riders and hideous english ones and vice versa, it's all about harmony with your horse.
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post #10 of 18 Old 02-08-2009, 08:04 AM
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I would have to say western! It took me about 2 years, to learn english.
I tried to ride english for the 3 months when I starded riding, and I had a HORRABLE acceident. So western!
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