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post #21 of 35 Old 04-05-2009, 12:37 AM
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Western because I don't think I could keep my big butt in an english saddle!
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post #22 of 35 Old 04-05-2009, 12:45 AM
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western because it has more practical uses
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post #23 of 35 Old 04-05-2009, 12:52 PM
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WESTERN all the way! I hate how on english saddles, they have to be fitted on your horse, where as western saddles they dont.
That is not true. A bad fitting western saddle can create the same problems a bad fitting english saddle can.
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post #24 of 35 Old 04-05-2009, 01:24 PM
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I guess I'm not sure what your asking. As far as saddles I prefer a western type endurance saddle without a horn. Although my current saddle has a horn there are times I'd like to cut it off. Since we trail ride, the way the saddle is made is much more secure. Some of the big western type saddles are difficult to get a close contact feel with. Many of the newer ones are really no different than the english in that respect. English saddle are worn with half chaps or boots to keep your legs clean and western have a fender to do the same thing.
I'm with the poster from Australia I have a hard time understanding the difference
As far as disciplines go, I enjoy watching eventing and would like to try it. I doubt I could jump comfortably in a western horned saddle.
I think riding is the same whether you are in a western or an english saddle. The cues are basicly the same except the neck reining vs direct reining. I use my seat and legs for cues the same as any english rider would.

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post #25 of 35 Old 04-06-2009, 07:25 PM
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Yay! Someone else like me :]

I don't think there is a western/english difference here, really. I mean, it's all riding!

What is the difference between barrel racing in a western saddle to barrel racing in an english saddle? Is the person in the english saddle not barrel racing because barrels is 'supposedly' a western sport, yet they aren't in western gear?

I find it all confusing, lol. I choose not to ride in a western saddle, as the horn is too restricting.

I think we should all just ride, ride the individual events we want to ride, and enjoy it. I can't stand those people who look down on others because they don't have the correct gear, etc. That's why I have put off entering barrels at our local rodeo. I don't have a western saddle, I don't ride in a curb, or with spurs... yet I could run times on par with all the others.

It strikes me a little like a muted down apartheid! We're all riders, we're not that different :]

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post #26 of 35 Old 04-06-2009, 08:53 PM
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English. I've never ridden Western, though, so I'm not sure. I actually think if I gave it a go I might like it a lot. =] I like jumping but I'm fine with flat work.. riding in general is always fun for me!
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post #27 of 35 Old 04-06-2009, 09:49 PM
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western because It's more relaxed and it just suites my mare better
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post #28 of 35 Old 04-07-2009, 10:54 AM
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Sorry to continue with the whats the difference line but.....
I have a friend who does cowboy mounted shooting. Its like barrel racing but you shoot at things while you do it. There is nothing more "western" than a cowboy mounted shooting event, in case anyone has never been to one. Anyway, she does it bareback and dressed as a native American All the cowboys have a hard time with her doing it this way because she isn't in proper dress or saddle.
I think this is very much like english or western debates. She is doing the same thing everyone else is but in different tack and dress. She gets sneers and jeers constantly from her fellow competitors. I agree, anyone who regularly gets on a horses back is a horseman or woman no matter what they're sitting on or wearing.

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post #29 of 35 Old 04-07-2009, 04:18 PM
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im in between although i can only realy do english riding, however i would like to try western it just like really fun and like your playing with your horse :)

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post #30 of 35 Old 04-09-2009, 07:38 PM
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I prefer western wih my mare... I can ride her bucks and kicks easier...

I like english with my gelding, though... I feel safer...

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