I don't know about the rest of the world/country, but here....
There is more cheaply made Western equipment than English. Western is more common, so they make more, and its quality usually sucks.
So you may be in a tack shop and see a nice-looking Western saddle for a few hundred next to an English saddle for $3,000 and think, "Wow, that's ridiculous," but in actuality the English is of much better quality, possibly imported, better balanced, etc.
Again, I don't know about the rest of the world, but that's how it is here.
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