Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
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.
Last edited by Speed Racer; 06-17-2010 at 03:17 PM.