Originally Posted by tim
I think JDI is right. There are a lot of lazy western rider's out there. A lot of people do it because it's more manly and easier. :roll:
I'm not going to lie, my hackles did rise when I read this statement, so I'm glad you clarified your statement, tim.
I'm pretty sure I don't ride western so I can be more manly, though (I'm a woman!)
I've tried English riding before and did like that I could feel the horse's movements a lot better. Since I'm mostly a trail rider, though, I decided to stick with Western. I do feel a lot more comfortable in a western saddle. My horse seemed more comfortable, too, so I think it also comes down to what your horse is good at.
I think what riding style the OP decides on ultimately depends on personal preference, horse "preference," and what he or she is planning on doing with the horse (showing, trail riding, barrels, dressage, etc.).