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View Poll Results: Which style do you ride?
Western 16 32.65%
English 15 30.61%
Both 18 36.73%
Neither (bareback) --all of the time. 0 0%
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post #11 of 25 Old 02-22-2012, 09:52 PM
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I do both almost every ride as I ride my horse english most of the time and my uncle's 4 year old western.
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post #12 of 25 Old 02-22-2012, 10:56 PM
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Neither, but certainly not bareback.
I've ridden both (still do if need be). Western style would be the better of the two for the riding I do, but it's not the best (jumping can be brutal) so I prefer neither.

I prefer a Trooper, which is neither what people in the US refer to as "English" (we didn't call it that in Germany where I learned to ride) nor is it Western. It has a frame vs a tree and is great for endurance and long distance riding. It's been around for over 150, but less than 200 years, but was primarily a military or mounted constabulary saddle until a little over 100 years ago (designed to reduce the number of horses taken out of action from back problems).

That being said, the Tooper is not the best saddle for every type of riding. E.g. If I went back to working cattle again the Trooper would not be my first choice. I could do a lot of it on a Trooper, but I'd rather pick the saddle best suited for doing all of that job.

If I had to give my riding a "style" is would be Western though. Neck reining is the only way to go for the riding I do (the value of a free hand). The Trooper has the European style flaps, but you can sit it pretty much any way you like, because the seat is it's own, although not as deep as the Western (a slightly higher cantle might be nice). No matter how I might start off after about 6+ hours I'm usually sitting closer to the Western style for comfort.
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It's funny, being as I'm based in England, to see a poll on wether people ride Western or English and even stranger to see an even split in the results! Almost everyone rides English here, though western and Aussie styles are becoming more and more popular as endurance riding and TREK takes off.

I once saw two horses in western tack riding along a bridleway adjacent to a road whilst I was riding my bike. I almost fell off I was so shocked to see it!!

If I had my own horse, although I'd want it's training based in English for Dressage and ShowJumping, I'd like it to have some basic western training too, because those saddles just look SOOOO comfortable! I'd have it wear western tack for hacking.
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post #14 of 25 Old 02-24-2012, 08:32 AM
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My horse: english for everything including trail riding.

I only ride western if I'm on someone else's horse and that's the only tack they have for it.
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post #16 of 25 Old 02-25-2012, 10:56 AM
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I generally head out western, but eventually I have to turn around and go eastern to get back to the house.
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post #17 of 25 Old 02-25-2012, 12:07 PM
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I generally head out western, but eventually I have to turn around and go eastern to get back to the house.
England's to the east. So are you changing saddles at the halfway point?
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post #18 of 25 Old 02-25-2012, 12:25 PM
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Both ^.^ I started English, did that straight up for 7 years, anf in the past year I have been at a trainer that shows all around, so I ride Western too. I don't particularly like it thhough :/ I respect those who ride Western, it's just not my thing ;) I'm really English through and through, but I have both saddles in my barn!!

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post #19 of 25 Old 02-25-2012, 01:28 PM
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Western all the way!
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post #20 of 25 Old 02-25-2012, 10:01 PM
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It's funny, being as I'm based in England, to see a poll on wether people ride Western or English and even stranger to see an even split in the results! Almost everyone rides English here, though western and Aussie styles are becoming more and more popular as endurance riding and TREK takes off.

I once saw two horses in western tack riding along a bridleway adjacent to a road whilst I was riding my bike. I almost fell off I was so shocked to see it!!

If I had my own horse, although I'd want it's training based in English for Dressage and ShowJumping, I'd like it to have some basic western training too, because those saddles just look SOOOO comfortable! I'd have it wear western tack for hacking.
I'm in Arizona and it's just the opposite! Everyone I know rides western! Of course there are english riders at shows and such. Quite a few I'm sure. But as far as trail and pleasure riding (hacking in your neck of the woods) everyone here rides western.
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