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!