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    08-10-2011, 10:47 PM
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I show in 4-H horse shows and there is two different types of showmanship Western and English. I have always showed Western, and everyone in my county does, too. I have never seen a english shomanship. Just a question what's the difference?
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    08-11-2011, 08:23 AM
In my area, english showmanship is the same thing except you wear the traditional hunt seat outfit (show coat, show shirt w/ collar, breeches, boots, show helmet, and black gloves). The horse is braided (mane, forelock, and tail) and wears either a plain brown or black leather halter w/ same colored leather lead, or a snaffle bridle with reins flipped over the head like a lead.

For Saddle Seat, however, you are dressed in the traditional Saddle Seat attire (Derby hat, traditional Saddle Seat coat, a white show shirt, a colored vest and tie, Kentucky Jodhpurs, black gloves, and shorter boots). The horse has a natural (usually long) mane, forelock, and tail, and it is not braided. They wear the traditional Saddle Seat bridle, and you can carry a Saddle Seat whip. Sometimes there will be a follower with a whip encouraging the horse to really move out.

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