Originally Posted by Delfina
As long as you don't show up, set a dozen cows loose in the arena and announce you are going to practice your roping skills, I don't see why anyone would care.
My trainer is English only and when it's time to start her warmbloods.. off they go to an older, been there, done that, die-hard cowboy. It's not about the discipline, he's calm, patient and knows what he's doing. Other than the initial "Um, what IS that thing?" when an English saddle goes on for the first time, it's irrelevant that the first dozen rides were in a Western saddle or that the horse learned to stand tied to a post instead of in cross ties.
Amen, to what Delfina said!! I am in the opposite situation. The stable I board it is almost all Western. The BO is, as Delfina put it, an "older, been-there-done-that, die-hard cowboy." He is breaking Aires for me and he's doing it Western. I, however, will more than likely be riding English because I can't lift a Western saddle onto Aires' back and I don't want to have to have someone else saddle my horse all the time. When I first mentioned it, Cam (the BO) just shook his head and gave me this "you're nuts" look. When I explained my reasons (I felt I needed to, only because he actually said "There's no reason not to ride this horse in a real saddle"), he softened up and was very understanding. However, in your case, no explanation should be warranted. Seriously, if other people don't like you riding Western, that's their problem, not yours. My friend thinks I'm nuts for trail riding English. Her "concern"? And I quote: "How will you stay in the saddle if he takes off on you?!" Not a legit argument, in my book.