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post #1 of 82 Old 10-16-2012, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Is English riding more expensive overall than western?

Just curious what people's thoughts are on this. Overall, the expense of the horses, tack, apparel, lessons, boarding, showing, etc. Do you think one discipline is more costly than the other? I know it's a loaded question and it will vary greatly on specific riding discipline and level attained, but wanted to ask anyways!
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post #2 of 82 Old 10-16-2012, 11:20 PM
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For showing? Western is more expensive.
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post #3 of 82 Old 10-16-2012, 11:23 PM
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I think it depends on the level of showing you're doing. There's plenty of English riding shows that can run you close to $1000 in just entry fees, and I've seen Western show clothes that run that high.

Trainer fees are going to vary.

I think overall, Eventing can be the most expensive. Three disciplines, and some people go on to have three different coaches, three different saddles, etc.
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post #4 of 82 Old 10-16-2012, 11:24 PM
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Not sure......but I know I just paid $2000 for a used reining saddle.....the new equivalent was $4500!!!

My bits, $135 and $85

Headstall x 2 = $165

Split reins x 2 pairs = $135

And the list goes on and on......
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Which ever one you are doing is always the most expensive. ;) There will always be another piece of tack, another grooming tool, another pair of boots that you "need" to buy. Your trainer will always want you to come for more practices. You will always have a weak area that needs more work.
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From what I noticed, the western barns in my area usually have lower lessons/training fees than the English barns. However according to most, showing attire is more expensive in the western world. It also really depends on what disciplines in each category you compare.

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These days people are paying $3,500 for one western show shirt.

Ridiculous IMO.
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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These days people are paying $3,500 for one western show shirt.

Ridiculous IMO.
A shirt? Are you kidding!!??
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These days people are paying $3,500 for one western show shirt.

Ridiculous IMO.
Yeah! I've seen that with the really fancy WP shirts! They are tailored to the nines!!! Probably $2000 worth of Swarovski bling on them!
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Showing wise I find WP is more expensive than English pleasure.
I've done both lightly in local classes and the entry fees are the same. Tack and attaire are really what get you. But just for everyday, it probably is the same. Here new saddles (both disciplines) cost around 300$ and bridles are 30-20$ bits depend on what kind and brand. Same for saddle pads. :/
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