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post #1 of 11 Old 07-15-2013, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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which one which one...

which is better english or western? I always hear that english is more uncomfortable for the horse...
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-15-2013, 06:49 PM
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Oh jeez. Such a loaded question.....
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-15-2013, 06:53 PM
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They're impossible to compare, it's oranges to apples.
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-15-2013, 06:55 PM
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They're impossible to compare, it's oranges to apples.
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More like apples to apples lol


Honestly op your best bet for an answer is either personal experience or go to the dozens of debate threads about these two

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Well we all know where this thread is going to end up...
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post #6 of 11 Old 07-15-2013, 09:25 PM
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There have been several studies on this, here is an example for a 150lb rider.

An English Saddle produces approximately 1.75 lbs per square inch of pressure on a Horses back.

An Western Saddle produces approximately .75 lbs per square inch of pressure on a Horses back.

The reason; a Western Saddle spreads the riders weight over a larger area because the bars in the Tree (the part that makes actual contact with the Horse) is much larger than on an English Saddle.


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post #7 of 11 Old 07-16-2013, 04:51 AM
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I think English saddle can be more comfortable on a horse if the rider has a good seat. Western can me more comfortable for the rider as you can ride more 'relaxed' and have more saddle to sit in. I know a few horses that like western saddles more. But it depends on the horse, as the lighter English saddle may be better than a 20lb western.
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-16-2013, 09:29 AM
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Keep in mind, a high end saddle correctly flocked to the horse will be much more comfortable for the horse than a low to middle quality saddle. There will also be better weight distribution.
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-16-2013, 09:31 AM
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which is better english or western? I always hear that english is more uncomfortable for the horse...
From whom did you hear such an idiotic thing?

There is no 'better'. They're merely different disciplines, and you choose the one (or several) that most appeal to you personally.
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-16-2013, 09:38 AM
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It's personal preference. All riding styles can be uncomfortable for a horse. Nothing is a guaranteed fit for every animal or rider.
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