Western vs. English

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Western vs. English

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  • Western vs english
  • Western vs huntseat

View Poll Results: What do you ride mostly?
English 27 55.10%
Western 22 44.90%
Voters: 49. You may not vote on this poll

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    02-20-2008, 07:26 PM
Green Broke
Western vs. English

I've noticed that A LOT of people ride English, but I can't ever find anyone around where I live that does ride English. I'm just wondering what everyone rides mostly and why they like it more than the other.
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    02-20-2008, 07:29 PM
I prefer western, because I think I would break my back if I did English style ridin..
    02-20-2008, 07:32 PM
I live in southern Alberta and English is my primary, however I worked as a barn manager for a dude ranch last year, which was all Western, and I have been known to compete in western pleasure events as well :)
    02-20-2008, 07:46 PM
Green Broke
I took lessons English for two years and then took a 6 year break.... ugh.. horrible years..... now I'm getting back in the saddle on a regular basis but strictly western.....even though I rode English w/ a huntseat/dressage prospect.....it was still in a Western Saddle though....
    02-20-2008, 07:49 PM
I have ridden in and owned an english saddle, I don't think that's the same as riding english I trail ride and think the western is a little more secure for that. My husband likes an endurance saddle (no horn) I'm not sure what that would be concidered.
    02-20-2008, 07:53 PM
Well, I used to ride english all the time. I started with western, but I wanted to expand my abilities, so I went into things like hunter jumper and a little bit of dressage for about two years.

I've since gone back to western mostly. I think it's good to be experienced in both though. One of the reasons I joined this forum was to re-expose myself to english conversation, since my horse really isn't made for english riding.
    02-20-2008, 10:27 PM
I prefer english, although I do ride western if need me. I started out in english so i'm more comfortable in that, but i'm comfy in a western too. My fiance rides western, tried english didn't work out too well. His horse likes to stop abruptly and um yeahh. He didn't like it.
    02-21-2008, 12:35 AM
I did English for three years and I thought I loved it until I rode Western hehehe... I like them both but western is my primary.
    02-21-2008, 01:36 AM
I mostly ride western, but also ride in some english and dressage classes.
    02-21-2008, 02:58 AM
Wow, Western is whoopin butt on this poll!

I've always ridden English. My first real role model in the horse world was a dressage rider, and I somehow maneuvered on over to huntseat.

My only Western experiences have been dude ranch style trail rides and a few shows through IHSA where I kept having to have someone show me how to hold the reins properly! It was my lucky day when I drew a young horse in a snaffle that was ridden 2-handed!

My horse is a Paint, so he has that Western look to him and I've been intrigued by Western for quite a while. I bought my first Western saddle a few weeks ago...but I haven't tried it out yet. Those big stirrups are quite intimidating!!

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