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post #1 of 5 Old 05-30-2009, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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What about you?

Gah, don't we all just love horses? I mean, what's not to love? I practically live and breathe them, and when I first bought my own horse, it was probably the happiest moment of my life (-:

I like to joke that I've been riding Western longer than I've been riding horses. My grandmother used to ride horses on her dad's working cattle ranch, and all of my cousins are barrel racers and pole benders and, well, rodeo-fanatics. Western riding has pretty much been a part of me forever.
That doesn't mean I don't enjoy the occasional English flair. I'll grab and English saddle from the tack room and head out to the arena, but let me tell you, such events are rare. Don't get me wrong - I'd love to jump my horse someday, and it would be nice to claim that I could sit still in an English saddle as long as I can a Western one, but there's just something about Western riding that makes me want to grab my chaps and hit the dusty trail rather than saddle up in jodhpurs and a riding crop.

What riding style do you enjoy most? Why?

I'd love to hear your input! Please, don't hesitate with the details - the more I can read, the happier I'll be (-:
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-31-2009, 12:44 AM
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Bareback. I despise saddles. Absolutely despise them. But if I have to use one, I ride English. I find it a lot more comfortable. I did ride Western as a kid because my Grandpa thought English riders were silly-minded.

When Solon was doing his career as a medieval horse I did all of our swordfighting bareback. We started horse soccer and I rode bareback doing that as well.

That said, I would like to learn some dressage, so I'll have to pull out the saddle and plop that back on him. Ughh....
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post #3 of 5 Old 05-31-2009, 04:17 AM
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I ride English. I would love to ride bareback but it really hurts my tailbone (****ed family trait - prominent tailbone).

I just don't get how to sit in a western saddle. I can't keep my legs on and I keep almost winding myself on the horn.

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post #4 of 5 Old 05-31-2009, 10:06 AM
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gotta be english for me. I have ridden western enough times but I find an english saddle more comfortable. With the horse I'm working with now, I have occassionally put a western saddle on her instead of english (she doesn't care either way) but every time I'm done riding western....MY BUTT HURTS! I must just sit wrong in a western saddle. Always loved jumping!
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-31-2009, 02:50 PM
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Rode english many years, now ride in a very light weight endurance saddle. Very comfy for hours on the trail and lots of rings and ties to hold what I might want to bring.

Rode in western saddle to saddle train Walka, and to team pen in.

My bareback days are over, but still agree the best to achieve a good seat.
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