Originally Posted by Kyro
I haven't had the privilege to try western riding yet. I'm hoping I can come to the US next year and try it :) For now, I'm stuck with English or going bareback, haha.
I think I'd like western actually. The people seem warmer and more sincere there. Often people in English competitions look down on you and just care for themselves, at least that is what I've experienced - I'm sure there are lots of people that can prove otherwise. Western just seems to have a friendly atmosphere. Is this true or really depends?
You're not comparing the same things.
Horse shows are often serious business for some people. Doesn't matter what discipline. You can't compare the horse show atmosphere to pleasure riders. It doesn't work.
Compare riders who don't show across disciplines. Then compare riders who do show. It's really different.