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View Poll Results: What do you ride mostly?
English 27 55.10%
Western 22 44.90%
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post #21 of 40 Old 02-25-2008, 12:38 PM
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I mostly ride in a western saddle. But I also do english hunter classes with my pleasure horse. We are still at the local competition phase so she can do both. I am comfortable in either saddle, but I could never imagine chasing a cow or running barrels in an english saddle. Oh, that wouldn't be good. I'd probably end up sitting in the dirt. I also think my horse would be confused because my legs would be in a different position so the cues would be different. But I like using my english saddle on trail rides because it is lighter for the horse and it is comfortable for me.
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post #22 of 40 Old 02-25-2008, 08:07 PM
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I ride english,
But western isn't as popular in Australia.
I do barrels and stockwork and camprdrafting in my english saddle,
I think it teaches me to have a really strong secure seat.
I'm not a fan of western saddles they ar just so big and I feel like im sliding around and can;t use my leg properly.
I'm saving up to buy a handmade stock saddle :]
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post #23 of 40 Old 02-25-2008, 08:51 PM
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I do barrels in my English saddle to I race at some little shows my 4-h group has I just go into two-point
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post #24 of 40 Old 02-25-2008, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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I think its always good for English people to learn to ride Western and Western people to learn to ride English. It helps balance and understanding of other types of riding styles. But that's my opinion
AMEN!! That is soo true.... that's why I'm glad that I have experience in both, but it's been a while since I've ridden English.... I think it's exciting to mix it up
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post #25 of 40 Old 02-26-2008, 04:15 PM
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I've always ridden western, but I'm selling my western saddle, as I'm ready to try english

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post #26 of 40 Old 02-27-2008, 09:36 PM
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I've always ridden western, but I'm selling my western saddle, as I'm ready to try english

For how muches? 8)
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post #27 of 40 Old 02-27-2008, 10:19 PM
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I actually kind of don't ride either now that I think of it. The last time I rode in a saddle was about 2 weeks ago and I only rode for about ten minutes before I unsaddled and climbed on bareback. I started riding bareback to get balance and now I've grown addicted. I have an English saddle and a Western saddle but I mostly ride bareback with a halter-bridle I tied up myself... I say halter bridle because its a halter... but I added rings to the noseknots so its more like a sidepull but theres no bit? I don't know what you call them but yea. So I guess I'm neither even though I voted western earlier.
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post #28 of 40 Old 02-28-2008, 08:41 AM
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i do barrels in my English saddle to I race at some little shows my 4-h group has I just go into two-point
In 4h you have to have the proper equipment (tack) or else you will be disqualified. Atleast that's how it is in Ohio
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post #29 of 40 Old 02-28-2008, 09:29 AM
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I actually kind of don't ride either now that I think of it. The last time I rode in a saddle was about 2 weeks ago and I only rode for about ten minutes before I unsaddled and climbed on bareback. I started riding bareback to get balance and now I've grown addicted. I have an English saddle and a Western saddle but I mostly ride bareback with a halter-bridle I tied up myself... I say halter bridle because its a halter... but I added rings to the noseknots so its more like a sidepull but theres no bit? I don't know what you call them but yea. So I guess I'm neither even though I voted western earlier.
I have a friend like that, she feels very uncomfortable in a saddle of any kind. She does cowboy mounted shooting which is sort of like barrel racing with a gun and doing different patterns. She does it all bareback. I'm in awe of her
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post #30 of 40 Old 02-28-2008, 09:56 AM
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I have a friend like that, she feels very uncomfortable in a saddle of any kind. She does cowboy mounted shooting which is sort of like barrel racing with a gun and doing different patterns. She does it all bareback. I'm in awe of her
Sounds kind of like me, I ride bareback nonstop hehe, I won't go faster than a canter in a saddle but on bareback galloping is my favorite speed.

Saddles are okay, and I use them once and a while but I'd rather not use one if I don't have to.
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