Originally Posted by Speed Racer
That's not riding Western tiny, that's just riding poorly in a Western saddle. Two entirely different things.
It's the same thing as slapping an English saddle on a horse and thinking you're now an English rider. Um, no.
Agree, there's a huge difference between being a passenger and a rider. There's horrid examples in every discipline.
I do agree with Tiny though in a way, look at trail riding outfits that haul out first time "riders", having that horn and weight spread out over a larger area is a good plan and is likely easier for "rider" and horse alike. Do we consider those folks riders, not likely but what are they going to tell their friends when they go home? They rode a horse. Poorly most likely but still rode. Let's call it riding by technicality
I very much agree with the rest of Tiny's post. There's a darn good chance that watching any beginner rider either discipline that it will be ugly at some point. For me starting out western gave me super soft, quiet hands that translated well when I started riding english.
What bothers me most about this is that being critical of other disciplines without the knowledge is kind of sad. Being closed minded takes away the opportunity to try and possibly like something new or learn something different that you can use as general horsemanship. I've never shown dressage or pleasure driving, still on the list though.