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post #1 of 42 Old 07-21-2009, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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I think alot of people are confused.

I always see people online and in real life ask "I've been riding english my whole life and I want to ride western but I think it will be hard", "My horse has been trained in western so she cant do English or dressage", Or people will go look at a horse to buy and ask what disciplines they can do and the owner says to them "Western, this horse doesn't have a English bone in his body".

The truth is that pretty much the only difference in these disciplines is what tack they use and what he/she wears. Will a horse excel more in one discipline than the other?, Yes. But any horse and any rider can do any discipline. Dressage is the basis of all riding, if your horse is under saddle and riding it's doing some type of dressage. The major difference in disciplines is showing and how you are scored.

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post #2 of 42 Old 07-21-2009, 07:32 PM
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I agree!!

Especially living in AUS; We don't have the big English/Western divide that you guys do, so it's so strange to me hearing people ask can their horse do western/english... It's all riding!!

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Exactly! =)
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I couldn't agree more. It rather angers me when people say "My horse wont like western" or "he can't ride english". Argg. Its just a different bit and a different saddle. No huge life changing actions there
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I just love riding, and I don't really do either!

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In an ideal world. all riders should learn to ride English and Western because essentially the two systems were devised to cope with the work the horse and rider was doing. There is no "best" system but there is best for purpose.
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I think I understand what you're getting at, and for people, this is true. People can ride different 'styles' (English, Western, dressage, etc.) b/c they are simliar, but some horses are truly suited to one style. My horse Rainy, for example, has the worst sitting trot, and if you attempted to ride her Western (which I have, twice), you would quickly discover that because of her speed and little quirks, she is better suited to English. I don't know if that's what you meant, but that's MHO on it.
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My horse Rainy, for example, has the worst sitting trot, and if you attempted to ride her Western (which I have, twice), you would quickly discover that because of her speed and little quirks, she is better suited to English. I don't know if that's what you meant, but that's MHO on it.
Then how would you do sitting trot in a dressage test? I can't think of anything a horse does that is exclusively either western or english... everything is done in both styles, just in different ways.

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Very well said!
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