I ride english becuase I am more comfortable in english saddles, and I like the close contact you get, easy to move around and great for trail riding.
I always feel like I am going to fall out of a western saddle, becuase I feel like I am just sitting on a block of wood on my horse, and the horn gets in my way. . .
Not too many good pics on my laptop
But heres one from my lesson with my horse Rem
I ride Western because that is mostly what people in my neck of the woods do (North Dakota). I have done any and everything from horsemanship, halter, showmanship, competitive trail, reining, western pleasure, reining, barrels, poles, gaming, rodeo queening, and more. Can't say I've done them all well.... but I've done them!
And I had the opportunity to ride English with some really nice ladies on the weekend for a couple of years while I lived in Oregon. They did mostly dressage and cross country, which I never really did. We usually just went trail riding most of the time!
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No pictures at the mo- I've lived in the UK all my life- so obviously I ride english! I've competed at Show Jumping and Endurance and tryed dressage, sidesaddle, drill, games, bareback...I want to try western, cross country, horseball, polo, polocrosse...
Western. Team roping, Barrel racing, everything that I come across doing on the ranch (cutting), bareback riding (cause I'm lazy), Bridless (cause I'm lazy), I'd like to do more, but I can't afford to drive several hours to do it. I've been looking for an english saddle, just to fool around with, buuut im having no luck.
Have ridden both. Last time I rode English was two years ago on borrowed tack. Prefer the endurance style based loosely on the McClellen. Sort of a Western without a horn and less skirt.
More comfortable for me and after the years spent doing long distance rides, 100+ miles, over several days I'ver realized that my horses prefered the (properly fitted) Western tree saddles for long rides. Probably because it displaces the rider's weight over a larger area.
Not good for jumping though. Although I've seen some of the plantation style saddles that looked like an interesting cross and could work well for a comfortable long ride and for jumping. Haven't tried one yet.
I ride english western bareback sidesaddle backwards . . . Haha. But yea I don't really have a preference Jumping is my love but western is well western. You people understand haha.
Sorry no pics =( all my riding pics are on my moms computer