I perfer english riding wayyyyyyyyyy more. I have tried to like western, but I failed lol. The english saddle isn't near as heavy, english horses are much more intersting in everyway in my opinion. Where I live the western riders are pretty abusive to there horses (deffinetly not saying that is a western riding characteristic, that's just where I live) they all use those harsh spurrs, and CONSTANTLY beat there horses with whips around the barrels, when the horses are bug-eyed and horibly frightened. It's a good show if three people out 30+ riders use there voice and legs like they are supposed too, instead of incorrectly using whips and spurrs (they can be useful when used correctly, but again in my area they seem to have a lack of knowledge in that area. Same for the pole bending western riders...rather abusive. It also just seems pointless...why is running around barrels fun? I have tried it a few times, so don't think I haven't
That's just the barrel racing part of western riding...western pleasure just simply annoys me. Unless you are older why would anyone enjoy the boringness of it? Maybe I am just picky, but I can't even watch more than 2minutes of it without nodding out.
The only western type of riding I have never tried is reining...and it looks a lot of fun to me, so I will say I don't hate ALL western riding, just the majority
As for english...where do I start? The saddle isn't as clunky as the western saddle and it just makes me feel one with the horse :) The freedom of jumping is like flying, there is nothing else like it. The horse shows just have a vibe I crave...everything about english riding to me is wonderful
Everyone is entitled to their opinions, so I promise I don't automatically cringe away from people if they ride western