Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: western Kentucky
this had been a good read, funny I do several things similar to you Wild_Spot, my horse is out side 24/7, and I have never had a professional lesson. Just an older friend helping me out.
Personally I have concidered the Aussie saddle a third type of saddle and either English or western saddle. The plantation and the Spanish also don't fit into those two classes of saddle in my mind. The main reason at least for me that trail riders mainly use western saddle is they are more versatile and security of that saddle vs the English saddle
The divide between the two is because of the image, to many American (mostly guys who ride western) western tack = cowboys and ruggedness and in their minds. While English = rich spoiled punkes, and show ponies who can't do anything out side of the show ring, ie polo players. I am not saying everyone feels that way that is just the image I think they have in American horse culture.
A good cowboy always has a better horse at the end of the ride, a poor cowboy will be afoot reguardless of the horse.
Mis Raices Estan Aqui (my roots are buried here)