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post #1 of 12 Old 06-28-2011, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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10+ reasons to buy saddle

I ride at a jumping barn and am there for english, but I wanted to give western a swing, even though my trainer is a jumper. What are some explainations as to why I would buy a western saddle?! I don't want to look like a snob to the barn members!
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-28-2011, 10:41 AM
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Do you need more of a reason than you simply wanting to try out Western?
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post #3 of 12 Old 06-28-2011, 11:08 AM
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If it's your money, I don't really see any other reason to give them than "I wanted to."
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post #4 of 12 Old 06-28-2011, 11:39 AM
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It's your money, it's your horse, it's your hobby. Why not try everthing? If you're not sure if you're going to stick with it, try borrowing one from someone for a month. If you want to buy one, get a cheap training saddle. I got mine for about $400. If you don't like it, saddles are easy to sell. You don't need an excuse to try something new even if it's not the norm for your barn. If you need 10+ reasons to ride western, I could give those to you in about 10 seconds. I show both english and western and love both entirely. My horse is no doubt better at in the hunter under saddle classes but there's something so much more challenging about a western pleasure class. Try it out! If you don't like it, sell the gear and enjoy your jumping. :)
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My BO bought a new barn that was primarily English. I'm strictly Western. I'd never met legitimate english riders before that, but I still rocked my jeans and boots with my big barrel saddle and my 15.2 Paint mare in a barn filled with breeches and warmbloods.
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post #6 of 12 Old 06-28-2011, 12:46 PM
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I learned a lot from riding Western the last three years, after nothing but dressage for some 8 years.

Learn how to let loose a little

Learn how to ride on a loose rein
And not use your reins for balance, at all.
Go for really long trail rides and be able to tie on the things you need.
Ride one handed.
Wear cowboy boots!
The lovely creak of a western saddle
No gripping with knees
Sit up but no pooching butt out
Practice some quick start/stops
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post #7 of 12 Old 06-28-2011, 12:53 PM
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Yikes, do you really NEED a reason? Is "I just wanted to try it out" not reason enough? LOL

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post #8 of 12 Old 06-28-2011, 01:05 PM
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I have ridden & shown both english & western though now I ride 95% western. I think tinyliny's list was excellent. Just wanted to add that for me doing both for lots of years I found it benefited me greatly as a rider. There are things from both styles to pull from and make you a better rider overall.

Don't hesitate because it isn't the cool thing to do or they might think you a snob. Tell them you just wanted to try it out and broaden your horse horizons

Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important, Capture the good times, Develop from the negatives and if things don't work out, Take another shot.
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post #9 of 12 Old 06-28-2011, 01:15 PM
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I have ridden & shown both english & western though now I ride 95% western. I think tinyliny's list was excellent. Just wanted to add that for me doing both for lots of years I found it benefited me greatly as a rider. There are things from both styles to pull from and make you a better rider overall.

Don't hesitate because it isn't the cool thing to do or they might think you a snob. Tell them you just wanted to try it out and broaden your horse horizons
Well said. Nice looking horse in your avatar.
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post #10 of 12 Old 06-28-2011, 01:21 PM
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Well said. Nice looking horse in your avatar.
Thanks! That's Woodstock, my resident Dennis the Menace

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