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post #11 of 32 Old 05-28-2012, 09:17 AM
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You need an Australian option! ;)

I grew up riding Western. While I love the relaxed and comfortable feel of it, I just ordered a new Aussie saddle. I've never tried it before but I've heard good things. I just want to try something that has a little less bulk and weight, and from what I've read from other Aussie riders, it's a good compromise between English and Western.
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post #12 of 32 Old 05-28-2012, 10:20 AM
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Australian saddle, ridden English, with a western loose rein. I can't vote...
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post #13 of 32 Old 05-28-2012, 10:37 AM
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Western. Never tried English, but never say never, lol.

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post #14 of 32 Old 05-28-2012, 10:59 AM
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I prefer English riding, dressage, show jumping, cross country, hunting and hacking out(trail riding). Honestly though, I have never tried western!!
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post #15 of 32 Old 05-28-2012, 11:03 AM
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I'm a western person, it was what I was taught and am comfortable with. Someday when I get the money I'd like to deck Indie in a nice English set and try our hand at playing with it; but I have more uses for my work-style western saddle :)
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post #16 of 32 Old 05-28-2012, 11:23 AM
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You need an Australian option! ;)

I grew up riding Western. While I love the relaxed and comfortable feel of it, I just ordered a new Aussie saddle. I've never tried it before but I've heard good things. I just want to try something that has a little less bulk and weight, and from what I've read from other Aussie riders, it's a good compromise between English and Western.

Where did you order your aussie saddle from, there is a great place here in bc where I got mine from. I got an endurance saddle as its lighter and the panels are shorter and I love it. So comfy I can ride all day. My old Aussie was a knockoff and super heavy.
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post #17 of 32 Old 05-28-2012, 11:29 AM
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Some people do both. And agree with the comment above - Australian is another one. In fact I think Endurance should be a different option as well.

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post #18 of 32 Old 05-28-2012, 11:39 AM
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English definitely. I think personally it is more of a "workout" for me. I love jumping and the precision that English riding takes. I like the clothing because it is formal yet plain so the horse's beauty can shine.

I do ride western every once in a while, and I think the saddle is definitely more relaxing.

In my area, they have ruined my experience with western pleasure because all the horses have overly low headsets and lopes that aren't even a true gait. Some of the game riders have crazy horses that don't behave. I definitely know all western riders aren't like this, but there are a ton of them in my area, enough to not want to participate while I'm here! I guess the people in my area need some horsemanship lessons...

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post #19 of 32 Old 05-28-2012, 11:53 AM
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Western for me, just because of where I'm located. I know of very few english riders in my area.

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post #20 of 32 Old 05-28-2012, 11:56 AM
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Where did you order your aussie saddle from, there is a great place here in bc where I got mine from. I got an endurance saddle as its lighter and the panels are shorter and I love it. So comfy I can ride all day. My old Aussie was a knockoff and super heavy.

I ordered from Horse.com (the Kimberly Outback - there are certainly nicer saddles out there, but for the price I thought it would be a good intro to see if I even like riding Aussie) - the shipping to Canada is ridiculous but we're close enough to the border I can drive down and pick it up there.
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