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post #1 of 200 Old 01-18-2012, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Western or English?

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post #2 of 200 Old 01-18-2012, 09:17 PM
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I ride English but I want to do Western eventually too. Vote where? I don't see a poll

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post #3 of 200 Old 01-18-2012, 09:19 PM
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Western tack leaves me feeling disconnected from the horse. And I find western saddles very uncomfortable and confining.

I like the minimalist approach of english saddles and much prefer the direct and constant contact with the horse's mouth. It does take an educated hand and seat to not use their mouths as a crutch though.

I have zero interest in working cattle so western tack serves no purpose for me.
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post #4 of 200 Old 01-18-2012, 09:25 PM
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^ I'm the opposite. I prefer not having to keep constant contact on my reins. I also enjoy neckreining and the relaxation of riding western.
That said, i ride both, though ive ridden western longer.

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post #5 of 200 Old 01-18-2012, 09:37 PM
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I like riding english as it's a great workout for me & the horse. For showing, even though I do both, I like western, less work, horse likes it better too.
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post #6 of 200 Old 01-18-2012, 09:46 PM
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I dislike the horn, so Western is out.
The traditional European style saddles (I think only the US calls them English...perhaps Canada too) don't have enough surface area to displace as much weight.

I like the Trooper styles and then certain types of the Plantation styles (neither of which are "English" or Western style saddles) Larger displacement area and more comfortable than the "English" style. Better suited to activities that the Western style does not lend itself to.

Sort of the best of both worlds. Better weight displacement than the "English" (and the Plantations are more comfortable too) and allows for ease of more activities (e.g. jumping) than Western.
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post #7 of 200 Old 01-18-2012, 09:48 PM
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You got a pic of the saddle you use its lbs not miles?
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There should be a "both" option on the poll :)
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post #9 of 200 Old 01-18-2012, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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You should pick one lol
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post #10 of 200 Old 01-18-2012, 09:57 PM
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Pure western. Tried English once and hated it. I know English will help with your balance, but so does riding green horses.
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