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post #11 of 42 Old 06-16-2010, 09:12 PM
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Honestly, IMHO neither! Bareback is the best to start with, at a walk, on a lunge line, with a professional to point out what correction you need for your seat(most importent: Belly button towords the withers. and: butt sits between the withers and first spinal vertabra, and your position is as if you were standing, not leaning back, or sitting). The development of the proper seat is quite painful(not to turn you away from riding), but the hole reason is to make your horse more confortable while carrying your butt. The seat is the foundation to proper riding, and once you have accomplished, the rest will become much easier as the horse will be more confortable and willing. Saddles are optional :)
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Ok look guys. If you think this will be a "train wreck" then don't answer my question.

I'm a beginner, I want to know a bit about each style of riding. Seems like too much to ask though.

And this would be for trail riding.
Wasn't trying to be rude, sorry if it seemed like that! Just thought it was kinda funny.

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Hmm I like how everyone tip-toes around this question lol. IMHO, English is better*gasp*. I rode western the first 6 years and then switched to dressage. I'm back to western now but I cant wait to get back to dressage. Western was fun when I was barrel racing and doing rodeos but then my trainer got me into showing and I became bored with the slow pace that horses should ahve for showing. So I went to dressage and then to English and I love it because it has a faster pace and it seems like you can do more, IMHO. If I got back to barrel racing, i would probably have more fun in western but for now, I'm just trail ridng in my western saddle and waiting to find myself a good dressage saddle to work my horse in. Actually, I love both the same I guess. They both have there own perks. A western saddle is more comfortable on trail rides and if you like going slow, then I guess showing might be for you. But I like living in the fast lane and the unnatural gait horses are asked to do during western showing is annoying to me. haha sorry for the story =)

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I grew up riding Western, then switched to English, and, IMHO, English all the way. I occasionally ride Western, and I like it, as well, but I love the closeness to my horse that I feel when riding English. And, I am also in love with jumping. :)
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There is no better style of riding. It's all up to the individual, it depends what you are interested in doing. I'd say if you're a beginner, try both styles, take lessons in both for a while and see what you enjoy more ;)
I have never tried western myself, and I must admit I regret it as I've always wondered what it's like.
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It's all just riding - not really a huge difference.

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Why not try out both and then see how it goes from there?

That is what I did. I ended up preferring Western, but I am more than capable of competing English as well.


But, I with agree with whoever said bareback. There is no better way to learn that sitting hair to butt with the horse. You'll have incredible balance before you ever touch a saddle.

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Why not try out both and then see how it goes from there?

That is what I did. I ended up preferring Western, but I am more than capable of competing English as well.


But, I with agree with whoever said bareback. There is no better way to learn that sitting hair to butt with the horse. You'll have incredible balance before you ever touch a saddle.
Literally hair to butt haha... you'll have fun trying to get the hair off the back of your jeans for weeks The joys of bareback!
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I personally started western and have ridden english a few times over the years. To really make a decision you need to look at what type of riding you want to do. If your ultimte goal is to rope calves or barrel race, you need to learn how to ride western; And the same principal applies to english disiplines.

Another thing you need to consider is what experience you want when you ride. If you want to feel a horses every movement underneath you, use an english saddle. Or if you want to ride for several hours on end at varing speeds; your safest bet is a western saddle.

The last and least important factor would be image. If you have dreamed your whole life of being a cowgirl: Don't take the dressage saddle!

Whichever disipline you choose to start in, remember you can always switch but I encourage you to try both. Have Fun!

P.S. I ride westen predominately, and the only reason I ride english is to help check my balance in the saddle on a rare occasion

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