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Which riding style do you ride english or western???

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View Poll Results: What do you ride english or western?
english 21 67.74%
western 17 54.84%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 31. You may not vote on this poll

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    11-12-2008, 10:24 AM
I grew up riding Western, I had never even sat in an English saddle. But when I got Ike, he is an English horse, so I decided I was ready to take the leap and learn English. I still ride both, but definitely prefer English now... it just feels so much more natural to me!

We ride mainly just for pleasure... trail rides and such. But I do a little Dressage and reining with him as well.
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    11-15-2008, 01:57 PM
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Western, why want anyone want to ride any other style.
    11-15-2008, 02:46 PM
It may be that I've ridden primarily English for the past 11 years, but I am defintely partial to it. I've ridden some Western, but I feel sort of 'disconnected' when I do. The saddle is big and thick... I feel like it isolates me from the horse and the ambiguities of his movement. I'm not used to having slack reins either. I feel more confident with constant 'communication' with my horse's mouth. This allows me to be a great deal lighter when I halt, it seems.

Maybe I'm imagining it all, but this is the sense I get.

I'm actually the very happiest when I'm riding bareback... then I can really feel the movement of my horse and ask her to halt, slow down, speed up, change direction all with my seat and leg. What can I say, I like having very close, subtle communication with my horses. ;)
    11-15-2008, 02:48 PM
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I love barback too
    11-16-2008, 03:21 PM
Western and im planning on doing alot as of now I trail ride, but later on im hoping to do some reining or cutting,

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