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post #31 of 42 Old 06-20-2010, 02:35 AM
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Which one is better? The one you like best! That is the best one. Soo...try as many different styles as possible and find what you like.
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post #32 of 42 Old 06-20-2010, 02:37 AM
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I say neither and go with bareback.

If I had to choose I'd probably choose English.

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post #33 of 42 Old 06-20-2010, 03:28 AM
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Maybe you could watch some equestrian events on videos, watch a bit of everything. Especially watch professional level competitions like top division rodeo events and International level english riding events. Maybe as you watch, something will make your heart beat a little faster and rocket you on to an amazing horse adventure.
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post #34 of 42 Old 06-20-2010, 04:14 AM
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I've always heard it's easier to go from English to Western than vice-versa but IMO everyone should learn a bit of both just for fun! I prefer English, personally, and in *my* experience I would imagine it would be easier to go Western from English but I've never done the opposite so I can't tell ya!

Good luck! Just experiment and have fun and see what you latch on to!

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post #35 of 42 Old 06-20-2010, 07:47 AM
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It also depends on what you can get at easier, that is are there places around you that offer lessons in both?

I never had to make a decision like western vs English because there are no western riders at all around where I am so it's easiest by far for me to just go with the flow and do English like everyone else.
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post #36 of 42 Old 06-22-2010, 08:01 PM
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I personally prefer english. I started out western because in Minnesota most barns are western. I hated the thickness of the leather and pads between me and the horse and switched after two years. I will NEVER go back to western again. English all the way for me. But for you I would recommend trying both before deciding. You never know what one you will like better.

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post #37 of 42 Old 06-23-2010, 12:33 PM
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It's all in what you want. Like comments before, ride bareback first, then try out both saddles and decide which one is best for you.

I ride western, always have. I've been desperately wanting to ride english. It's always on my mind. I guess I just want to try something different. I do have an english ap saddle, but it doesn't fit my guy very well. So, I haven't even gotten to try it.
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post #38 of 42 Old 06-23-2010, 07:31 PM
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western is waayyyy easier for beginners.. there are a little bit more tricks to riding english... i have been riding both western and english on and off for seven years, though i started off western, i quickly moved to english, picked both up pretty quick, and, to be continued...
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post #39 of 42 Old 06-23-2010, 08:09 PM
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I also started Western because I love love love horses and always have and the barn closest to me only had Western Saddles and trail rides. Later on I became friends with woman who owned her own horse and was taking dressage lessons. Well, that was it! I was hooked on English!! Trail riding in an English Saddle is just fine with me! Saddles are lighter and it seems to me to be a more refined way of riding. Love the long boots, breeches, show coats & blouses. I ride once in awhile in a Western Saddle but much prefer English. To me Western is barrel racing,
cow cutting & racing around poles. It depends what turns you on!! Think about which one excites you more!
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post #40 of 42 Old 06-24-2010, 03:37 PM
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Do what you want to do because everyone has different opinions but I do both he he.....
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