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    06-17-2010, 03:35 PM
I've heard English because it gives you more confidence!!! But don't get stuck on it cause western is soooooooo much better personally I started riding plain bareback then western try that I love it!!!!!
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    06-17-2010, 03:47 PM
I have ridden both. But for trails, I personally prefer western. I like having all the rings to tie the saddle bags, the seat of the saddle, and with some of the long rides I go on, I also use a pommel bag for the little extras that I need quick at hand.

Of course this is my personal opinion.
    06-17-2010, 03:55 PM
I agree with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    06-17-2010, 04:14 PM
Neither is 'better' than the other, they're merely different disciplines.

I'm an English rider all the way. I tried Western more than once and just didn't like it. The position felt all wrong, and I couldn't feel the horse through all that leather and those layers of saddle pads, so I went back to my little postage stamp saddles.

You learn best what you learn first, and I was taught an English balanced seat when I first started riding.

As far as trail riding, I do just fine in my English saddle. There are D rings on the saddle and they make pommel and cantle bags for English tack now.

I refuse to be sucked into any silly argument about which one is 'better' than the other, because it's all about personal preference.
    06-17-2010, 05:49 PM
^ Agreed. It's all a personal preference.

I started off riding western, competed for several years, and I got completely and utterly bored. Barrels bored me, WP bored me, I even started taking some lessons in reining and I was still pretty bored. I switched over to English and I've never looked back. I still ride western occasionally, but there is no way I'll go back now that I've had my taste of dressage, jumping, and eventing. And trail riding is just as easy in an english saddle as it is a western saddle.
    06-17-2010, 05:50 PM
Originally Posted by Thorn4    
I think I would prefer Western. I watched a girl take a riding lesson and she rides western. It looks pretty fun, and simple enough. But I have never ridden a day in my life, nor have I cared much about horses until about just over a week ago. :\
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    06-17-2010, 06:09 PM
This thread is going to be redicilously wrong because of all the different opinions. I like both, I'm better at Weatern and bareback because that's how I've ridden all my life. I just started English because I find eventing intrigueing and want to compete in that.
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    06-17-2010, 06:20 PM
^oops I meant redicilously "long", I misspelled it and my iPod corrected it wrong
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    06-17-2010, 07:51 PM
Originally Posted by Thorn4    
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.

I personally prefer english riding, but that doesn't make it better. What makes one style better than the other is the horse. A western built horse is going to be better for western riding, like an english built horse is better for english. Generally, western saddles are more commonly used for trail riding if that's all your doing.
    06-18-2010, 12:17 PM
Hey Thorn4,

I would say if you were planning on just trail riding I would say go western, now I ride english but I always like to once and a while go on western trail rides, I feel more free being able to go out on the trails.
But I find that I'm actually all over the place in a western saddle its kinda funny I guess because I leaned how to ride english being in a western saddle is forgin lol. But they are both amazing!

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