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        04-06-2014, 11:59 AM
      #1
    Yearling
    Western V. English

    Which do you prefer?

    Do you believe whichever discipline you ride is better than the other? Do you have an opinion on this debate?

    I hope this can be a light hearted discussion.

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        04-06-2014, 12:31 PM
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    Weanling
    I prefer English. Obviously, I think that English is better because of my own preferences, but ultimately it is a personal decision and I think that western could be the better discipline for someone of different tastes.
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        04-06-2014, 12:34 PM
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    Yearling
    I don't have a preference, and I think the "discipline wars" are absolutely silly. Not one is better than the other. They all have their uses, and their histories.
    I see western as a more ranch style, and english as more classical. However, that does not mean that each discipline does not have traits that are beneficial for the other.

    For instance, the flexibility a horse gains in its dressage training may help in its reigning for those spins.

    I do both. And while I have a *preference* for the english discipline, I value western greatly. I like western gaming (which, can be really hard), but I like the core that is dressage which could help any rider's ability for any discipline.
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        04-06-2014, 01:20 PM
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    Weanling
    I ride both english and western and own both types of saddle, but I would have to say I prefer english. I just feel more 'at home' in the english saddle, most likely due to most of my riding being english.

    One thing that irks me though, is when somebody who is very ingrained in one riding style making blanket negative statements about the other style, just because they had experience with one rider that was horrible. Example - at my barn one person had somebody exercising her horses, and they rode with an english saddle. They were not a good rider and the horses ended up with bad habits. The owner has said to me 'my horses will never be ridden in an english saddle again!' when we were discussing english vs western riding.
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        04-06-2014, 01:47 PM
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    Yearling
    I ride both, but perfer English. But I too think the discipline wars are stupid.

    Riding is riding. Not one type is better than the other.
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        04-06-2014, 01:58 PM
      #6
    Weanling
    I'm an older adult and I chose to take English because it seemed more difficult and thus would be more of an accomplishment. The degree of difficulty has certainly proven to be true, but is also quite rewarding (at times). :). I love it and my lessons are easily the best part of my week.

    It was simply a choice I made and I don't think you can really compare the two, nor is there a need to. Simply your preference and what your goals are.

    All the best !
         
        04-06-2014, 02:12 PM
      #7
    Started
    The only differences to me are that I can't rope in an English saddle, and horses can jump better if my position is correct in an English saddle.

    If I don't want to rope with a certain ranch crew I take either my jump or polo saddles. Gets the point across pretty well.
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        04-06-2014, 03:04 PM
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    Foal
    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?
         
        04-06-2014, 03:18 PM
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    Yearling
    I ride and show both (all around Hunt seat and western), and both are equally hard and both have their purpose. I've also done Dressage and Saddleseat, and to be honest....Saddleseat was REALLY tough! You don't use leg on those horses...everything is fingers and hands in a double bridle, and the riding position is just SO different, sitting further back, with a power keg of a horse underneath you.
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        04-06-2014, 03:21 PM
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    Green Broke
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    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.
         

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