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    11-25-2007, 04:44 PM
Actually I was talking about Ride4Life's brown horse with the white blaze down the head, but your horse is beautiful too, and the little white spot is cute. I haven't heard of a mountain horse; he must have a high endurance. You're so lucky to have a horse. I've wanted one for a long time but was never able to get one until now. Our kids are now old enough so that I can start doing what I want. Thanks for the info on the endurance saddle - also didn't know there was such a kind. Nice talking with you. Have fun with your horse. :)
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    11-25-2007, 10:06 PM
Originally Posted by Lorry1
What's the difference between trail riding with an English saddle or a Western saddle? I'm assuming that the Western is just more comfortable. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I'm just taking lessons right now, but plan to get a horse in March.
I personally find it more comfortable to trail ride in an English saddle. But then, I ride (arena) every day in an English Saddle and have had very VERY minor instruction on proper Western Equitation (or...Horsemanship? Whatever it's called!) I'm probably just riding Western slightly wrong so it's not as comfortable for me.

Also, in my English saddle I feel much closer to my horse and more secure in the saddle...ready for all those scary things that could happen on the trail! And also, if there are downed trees across the trail you can easily just jump over them in an English saddle instead of having to blaze a trail around or dismount to move the obstacle. I knew a girl one time to jumped a small log on a trail in a Western Saddle...the horse jumped bigger than she expected and the saddle's horn hit her and broke a couple of her lower ribs. Eeek!

Also, English saddles are usually lighter...so less weight for your horse to carry. The saddle bags attachment areas are nice on a Western Saddle for long trips. =)
    11-25-2007, 10:44 PM
Oh thanks :) . Ya, she's a really good girl, & lovvvveeesss to jump lol. She's a qh but doesnt really have a low head carriage like a lot of qt so ya.
    11-26-2007, 08:36 PM
Thanks for the info about the English saddle vs. Western saddle Equina. I didn't realize the English felt more secure. I will be using an English saddle for the first time in my riding lesson this coming weekend and will keep in mind what you've said.

Thanks for all your input everyone!
    11-26-2007, 11:16 PM
Originally Posted by Lorry1
I didn't realize the English felt more secure. I will be using an English saddle for the first time in my riding lesson this coming weekend and will keep in mind what you've said.
I'm sure others (with more Western riding experience) would say they feel more secure in a Western saddle. It's really your personal preference.

Have fun in your first English lesson! I'm sure you'll eventually figure out which discipline you like the best. Or maybe you'll love them both and just have to buy two (or more) saddles!!!

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