11-15-2008, 02:46 PM
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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. ;)