Originally Posted by BluMagic
I have to disagree with you. What exactly are you saying is 'easier' in Western riding. I don't see English riders roping or jumpin gonto cows.
I think both styles have large ammounts of challenges along with simplicity. Why do you say Western is manlier? I sure think its dirtier but...
We can't throw all the 'lazy' stuff onto Western riding. English has its fair share, too. I'm not trying to start an argument. I am simply having a discussion. I am curious.
Sorry if that came off a bit anti-western blu. I wrote it under the context that most people know I ride western.
I'm just commenting on some if the things I see in my fellow competitors. Especially in the western pleasure arena, a lot of riders will just sit on the horse like they are sitting in a recliner. It comes from the fact that the objective of western pleasure is to demonstrate control over your horse with very little visible input from the rider. Those horses that are good at pleasure can require very little from the rider, and since there is no posting / two-point in western riding, there is little need to become very skilled at using your body.
In addition to that, english riding focuses more on the rider, with judges scrutinizing every aspect of your eq no matter which event you are in. With western, horsemanship is really the only event that takes rider position into consideration as heavily as english events do. So, people always tend to associate english riding with perfect posture and ultra-correct body position at all times, whereas western is viewed as being more relaxed about it.
Also, the design of the western saddle makes it easier to become lazy, with such long stirrups and such an extensive surface to sit on.
The manliness comes form the days of the cowboys, and it leaves a perceived rustic aspect to riding western that you don't get with english.
Hope that helps you understand where I'm coming from. By no means am I trying to insult western
, I just think it's not as much about the rider as english is, but more about the horse sometimes
. You do have a very good point about the working events like cutting and reining.