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    10-19-2012, 12:33 PM
  #31
Green Broke
I started riding English because it looked um... "slow and quiet". Basically I just had a really bad instructor for Western riding with an attitude-filled horse who believed in bolting on a constant basis.

English may not have a "handy horn" but it does have a grab strap. Same thing....

I enjoyed English riding although I found out very quickly it's most definitely not "slow and quiet"!! So I have continued with it.

Recently my new neighbor who is a Western trainer conned me into "Doing some REAL riding" (according to him) and I am really enjoying it. A lot of the basics are the same but since his horses are trained very differently than mine, I am learning a lot. He's now trying to get me into Mounted Shooting...... I don't think he really comprehends that I have a greenish, spazzy Morgan who finds life itself terrifying!

I am enjoying both. I will say though, there is something to the neighbor yelling "hey, school bus doesn't drop off for another 45mins, lets go!" and since I live in jeans/boots, I can just drop everything and be on a horse within 5mins. Whereas if I was going to head out in my English saddle, I've got to go change into breeches and tall boots or half chaps.

Oh and herding cattle could come in real handy. I ended up herding calve, for weaning, in nothing but a towel this month.... I think the neighbors would greatly appreciate it if I didn't do that again!
     
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    10-19-2012, 12:38 PM
  #32
Trained
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Originally Posted by Delfina    
I am enjoying both. I will say though, there is something to the neighbor yelling "hey, school bus doesn't drop off for another 45mins, lets go!" and since I live in jeans/boots, I can just drop everything and be on a horse within 5mins. Whereas if I was going to head out in my English saddle, I've got to go change into breeches and tall boots or half chaps.
Not quite true - I also live in jeans and boots, and I ride almost exclusively English. I ride in jeans ALL the time, usually because I'm too lazy to get changed, and my saddles are both synthetic. My favourite jeans have holes wearing through the insides of the knees and the seams are getting a bit threadbare, and I've worn the butt out of a couple of pairs, but then, I've also worn the butt and knees out of a few pairs of joddies...
     
    10-19-2012, 12:43 PM
  #33
Weanling
Kitten rides English in just about anything as well. She's worn jeans, capris, etc. She also only has paddock boots (not big enough for tall boots and her trainer isn't a fan of half-chaps).

As long as she has a proper heel and cloth of some type between her and the saddle, she's good to go.
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    10-19-2012, 12:46 PM
  #34
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by blue eyed pony    
Not quite true - I also live in jeans and boots, and I ride almost exclusively English. I ride in jeans ALL the time, usually because I'm too lazy to get changed, and my saddles are both synthetic. My favourite jeans have holes wearing through the insides of the knees and the seams are getting a bit threadbare, and I've worn the butt out of a couple of pairs, but then, I've also worn the butt and knees out of a few pairs of joddies...

I tried riding in jeans, oh trust me I tried. I had purply black bruises oozing blood within 30mins. I tried multiple brands to see if that would help but it didn't.

I have an autoimmune disorder that I routinely take steroids for, so I do have very thin skin, bruise/bleed very easily and take forever and a few days to heal.

So no jeans + English for me. Thankfully jeans + Western is fine as is English + full seat breeches (the knee patch ones I tried rubbed and bruised).
     
    10-19-2012, 12:56 PM
  #35
Showing
*taking mod hat off* I am also highly offended by OTTB's post. It is naive, judemental and frankly tactless to speak so poorly (and off base) of that which you don't know.

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Originally Posted by OTTB    
Western sports do not attract me in the least. I have zero interest in racing around barrels or chasing down calves. I'm also highly annoyed at this new thing called 'Western Dressage' where someone is giving obvious cues and moving around in the saddle so much a toddler could see it. To me, a Western saddle is good for one thing - ranching. Anything else is just kind of boring to me.
I tend to agree about the Western dressage. Won't go into that, that's for another thread another day. There are many things western that are not boring just as there are things english that are not boring. Both styles have disciplines that some would find boring. I am saying this as someone who has spent 20+ years riding both english & western and in the more "adrenaline rush" disciplines. There is nothing boring about sitting a 20+ ft sliding stop (with NO horn, I could do the same in my close contact or bareback) riding a well trained cutting horse, a 1D barrel horse just as there is nothing boring about jumping. Are there things I think are boring about english, darn right but I wouldn't go spouting off about western being better just because I find english flat classes horrifically redundant and boring.

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English always struck me as more in depth, requiring more skill, and no handy horn to grab onto when you're in trouble. I had this opinion before I started riding and had no real exposure to the horse world. My information was from books, magazines, and what I saw on TV.
This is offensive. Rarely do western riders grab a horn when they are in trouble. I can ride out a bucking fit, spook, bolt english or western or bareback for that matter. When I'm in a sticky spot, I generally drop my stirrups - I do better with having the total freedom of using only my seat. There is skill in both western & english riding and to think otherwise is ridiculous.

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Now that I ride, I've used a Western saddle and can feel the difference between it, and even a cheap GP. In a GP I am required to pay attention to my balance. In a Western I can cheat and just sit there and grab onto something. In a GP I can jump without being stabbed in the gut by a horn. In a GP I can do training level dressage moves without having to swing bulky leather around so that my foot is in the proper position. I feel more connected to the horse, instead of feeling like I'm sitting in a chair with my feet planted on the ground.
Ride a quality reining saddle. I feel as close to my horse in my reiner as I do in my close contact (neither were cheap I can assure you.) There is no cheating, just sitting there grabbing onto a horn. If that is what you have seen and what you think western is, you've been watching poor riders. If I ever felt like I was sitting in a chair with my feet on the ground I wouldn't own a single horse, let alone a dozen.
     
    10-19-2012, 01:08 PM
  #36
Trained
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Originally Posted by Delfina    
I tried riding in jeans, oh trust me I tried. I had purply black bruises oozing blood within 30mins. I tried multiple brands to see if that would help but it didn't.

I have an autoimmune disorder that I routinely take steroids for, so I do have very thin skin, bruise/bleed very easily and take forever and a few days to heal.

So no jeans + English for me. Thankfully jeans + Western is fine as is English + full seat breeches (the knee patch ones I tried rubbed and bruised).
oh ouch!! I have 3 toes rubbed raw to bleeding at the moment but I can only imagine what you suffer would be much worse. I do get rubbed knees sometimes, and occasionally more, er, private places, but that happens in jods just as badly as it does in jeans so I live with it.

I can't wear full seat jods/breeches because one of my saddles is suede and full seats pill and wear through REALLY fast, as well as causing rub marks on the saddle more quickly... well actually one of my pairs of show jods is full seat but I only wear them for jumping because my close contact is the one that's the plastic-y fake leather.
     
    10-19-2012, 01:14 PM
  #37
Green Broke
I also prefer english to western, but with my current horse, that wasn't an option.

I'll tell you what, Western is a heck of a lot tougher than I thought it would be.
It is by no means a chair planting your feet to the ground. Sheesh.
     
    10-19-2012, 01:35 PM
  #38
Trained
Amazing, OTTB, you have managed to offend a lot of people it seems. I'm not offended, but I do feel sorry for you, because you have not had the experience to really RIDE western, rather than sitting in a Western saddle.

As I said, I started English, I later converted to Western, and now I ride mainly English again. I believe both seats require effort to ride them properly, and both require a lot of skill to do them properly.

I DO think that the untrained rider can sit on, and hold on better in a Western saddle, but I also believe that to be a competent western rider takes a lot of training and effort. I had the extreme pleasure of riding a finished reining horse, just once in my life, and although I totally lacked the skill to do her any justice, I defy anyone to do that in an English saddle.
     
    10-19-2012, 01:44 PM
  #39
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    

This is offensive. Rarely do western riders grab a horn when they are in trouble. I can ride out a bucking fit, spook, bolt english or western or bareback for that matter. When I'm in a sticky spot, I generally drop my stirrups - I do better with having the total freedom of using only my seat. There is skill in both western & english riding and to think otherwise is ridiculous.
You're not the only person who does this.. I feel as though I have a great seat period but when I do run into trouble I'd rather have my legs free.

Edit.. This stupid phone keeps autocorrecting me! Geez..
     
    10-19-2012, 01:47 PM
  #40
Trained
DrumRunner and MH - I do it too but I do it because if my feet are already out of the stirrups, a) I can emergency dismount more easily if I have to, and b) there's almost no chance of getting dragged because what's going to drag me if not the stirrups?
     

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