Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
• Horses: 0
My decision (and in truth, I'm still making it) has nothing to do with tack.
It's more about the nature of western riding. I didn't come to riding with any ambitions (delusions) of competing. I simply want to be outdoors. I want the experience to be as earthy and informal as possible.
As I understand it, the heritage of western riding is one of work, transportation, and whatever gets the job done. I feel more at home in that philosophy than I believe I might in the English disciplines which I believe took root in military applications.
Clearly, the military influence on English riding is quite distant now, but it's still a much more rigid, formal manner of riding. Or at least it seems so to me.
That being said, I am intrigued by the idea that an English saddle offers more of a "close-to-the-horse" experience and will likely try it for myself on that merit alone.
Now, weigh all of those comments with the knowledge that I just learned today how to correctly pronounce "latigo." I guess Garth Brooks was right.