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    03-31-2009, 08:02 PM
I really hate the whole western/english differentiation.

I just ride.

I think its a bit different here in AUS. I jump. Do some dressage. Show my ASH. Do rollbacks and haunch turns, and almost sliding stops. I do cattle work and campdraft. My horse neckreins and direct reins. I trail ride a lot. I ride on the buckle of my reins a lot. I barrell race and ride gaming, and I do it well. I do it all in my all purpose saddle and occasionally a stock saddle.

So what would you call me???
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    04-02-2009, 07:10 PM

But I've never tried western. I would like to, though, but I think English will always be my favorite. =)
    04-03-2009, 02:38 AM
This is a toughy for me! I grew up riding English, competing English, loving jumping. But, I've recently (the last 3 years or so) been riding Western only. It's so much more relaxed, and care-free in a way. I miss the jumping, but I do it on trails anyway. I don't miss the snobbish, rich girls with their expensive warmbloods. Although I've met my fair share of "rodeo queens" riding western too!! I like english though because I know so much more about it. Sometimes I feel dumb riding Western because I don't know much about the specific types of bits they use and other equipment etc.

They both have their ups and downs, I guess. LOL But if I had to choose only one for the rest of my life, I think I'd choose Western! So many more discipline options - cutting, reining, barrel racing, pole bending, roping, trail riding, team penning, western pleasure. When I think English all I think is hunters, jumpers, dressage and eventing.

Actually, forget it. Let's just all ride bareback!!!!
    04-03-2009, 02:41 AM
Originally Posted by wild_spot    
I jump. Do some dressage. Show my ASH. Do rollbacks and haunch turns, and almost sliding stops. I do cattle work and campdraft. My horse neckreins and direct reins. I trail ride a lot. I ride on the buckle of my reins a lot. I barrell race and ride gaming...

So what would you call me???

I'd call you SMART!! You do it all, and don't label yourself english or western. It sounds like you just go out and have a good time, without worrying about anyone else's opinion. =)
    04-04-2009, 05:10 PM
WESTERN all the way! I hate how on english saddles, they have to be fitted on your horse, where as western saddles they don't.
    04-04-2009, 06:39 PM
Ah, English for me. I love jumping, & doing dressage with my flatwork (dressage is helpful for any discipline IMO, for balance & stuff)- & I also think the saddle's more comfortable, lol...that horn would get on my nerves. I just love English.
    04-04-2009, 06:52 PM
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
    04-04-2009, 07:38 PM
Green Broke
English Then again, it's all I've ever been taught! I also like it for the JUMPING! :-D
    04-04-2009, 09:42 PM
English all the way!

I can't stand western saddles so uncomfortable! And I love the thrill of jumping!
    04-04-2009, 09:58 PM
I can't really decide. I ride both, but honestly, I lean towards Western more. It is just more comfortable to me, and I am at home in the Western saddle. On the other hand, jumping is such a thrill to me!

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