Originally Posted by Mythical
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.