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!!