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post #51 of 103 Old 07-23-2010, 02:10 PM
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I ride english because when I first started riding none of the stirrups on the western saddles got short enough for me (I am fully grown at 4' 11" and this was when I was 10ish). They had english saddles with short leathers though, and after a few rides in an english saddle I decided I prefered english over western.
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post #52 of 103 Old 07-23-2010, 02:22 PM
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I think the Western Cinch is easy!
I dunno draft, I like to think of myself as fairly intelligent, but any time I've had to tie a Western cinch it winds up looking like the Gordian Knot!

English girthing is easy. You buckle it from both sides and it's done. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
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I have to say, there are times that I wish my western saddle would cinch like an english! I have a smartcinch and it is super easy but you still have to knot the leather. I also wish that western stirrups adjusted the way english do! Lots of people ride in my saddle at the barn and they are all shorter than me. Its a pain in the pahtootie to get down, try to find your hole, get on, somethings not right, get back down, try again. Belvins have made things easier...just not as easy as english!
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post #54 of 103 Old 07-23-2010, 03:48 PM
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I began in Western. I showed my friend's horses in speed events, and I deffinately had fun. But then a couple of my other friends rode at an English barn...no turning back. Once I got into that saddle in that arena full of jumps, I was in love. I am an English rider at heart, and I choose it over Western any day. I go bareback if Western is my only option, most of the time. I love the speed of barrels and poles, but it doesn't come close to the euphoric high of jumping.
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Sunny, Ive turned into a chicken in my old age. I used to love all the speed and high jumps that I could get near. Now that Im older and have kids of my own, just *watching* jumping or gaming makes my heart race. I had someone out last week to test ride my QH. She wants him for a speed horse. She ran him at a full clip across out hay field. By the time she stopped him, I was visibly shaking. I have run him like that before but its different when you see it from the ground! Hes a fast little bugger! If I were 18 and saw her run him, I would have jumped at the chance to see if I could get him to go faster. Now...I told her that he can do a great jog and lope too...LOL poor girl probably thinks im 90!
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post #56 of 103 Old 07-23-2010, 04:55 PM
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Thank you thank you for this awesome thread!

And I want to apologize to any English rider I may offend- I am ignorant of English riding- and I DO want to learn more about it. I may ask stupid questions or say something wrong because I just don't know any better. Thank you for being patient with me!

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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No offense taken, draft.

Anyone who would take offense at anything you've said probably needs to go ride their prawncing poneh.

I find the differences between the disciplines to be fascinating, although in the end it all comes down to good horsemanship.
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Sunny, Ive turned into a chicken in my old age. I used to love all the speed and high jumps that I could get near. Now that Im older and have kids of my own, just *watching* jumping or gaming makes my heart race. I had someone out last week to test ride my QH. She wants him for a speed horse. She ran him at a full clip across out hay field. By the time she stopped him, I was visibly shaking. I have run him like that before but its different when you see it from the ground! Hes a fast little bugger! If I were 18 and saw her run him, I would have jumped at the chance to see if I could get him to go faster. Now...I told her that he can do a great jog and lope too...LOL poor girl probably thinks im 90!
This reminds me of my mom. xD Only for her it was heart pounding to watch me run barrels when I was a kid. I was lucky and got to ride horses who knew what they were doing, so all I really had to do was hold on. xD Now she'll watch me jump and say, "God can't you jump any higher?!" Then when I do start jumping higher she always says "...it looked way smaller before you started jumping that high."

Anyway. Currently I prefer riding english, but I competed and rode western pleasure and barrels for around 5-6 years before switching. I enjoy english so much more than I ever enjoyed western. I love jumping and I love dressage. I love love love having less leather between myself and my horse as well. I grew up in an area where I could've easily found good western trainers or english trainers and in that I'm lucky. A lot of people are limited to a certain discipline simply because of their geographic area.

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Growing up in Iceland I started out riding on Icelandic saddles and on the gaited Icelandic ponies so it's actually neither western nor english. Saddle looks like this -> http://svg.crowblanket.com/hestar/hnakkur.jpg

Very flat and you ride with long stirrups but I did mostly work on gaits and then a lot of trail riding. My favourite thing to do was herding horses from horseback. So much fun, especially when one or two would decide they wanted to go home and take off on a gallop and you had to go get them as fast as you could.

However now that I live in the UK I ride English because that's what's taught at the barn where I take lessons. I do some hacking and then schooling indoors. It's been really good to learn though, a lot more precise and really helps to be really aware of your body and what you're asking the horse to do.

However especially at the beginning when I was having a hard time with some of the things that were so new to me I couldn't help wonder how the women riding with me would do if they'd be stuck on a mountain somewhere and had to work with maybe 2-3 other people to drive a herd of 30 horses back to the farm going over really bad terrain and rivers etc. So I understand where you western riders are coming from. I've never ridden western but it would be interesting to try.
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I find the differences between the disciplines to be fascinating, although in the end it all comes down to good horsemanship.
I totally agree!

I love horses. Plain and simple. If I had to ride English or stop riding, I would ride English! While I am not a perfectionist about my riding, especially while working with greenies, I *can* pull it together for a show. The problem is, I get a green/formerly trained horse, work with him, get him where he needs to be and then something comes up! I got Nico out of a field. Worked with him, found out what makes him tick. Now I have him going well and.....I lose my job! I love ya Nico, butcha gotta go!

I really am interested in the reasonings behind everyones choices. I guess I am just curious!
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