I had a horn get me in the crotch once while on a bucking horse... I'm not a guy, but that was still VERY unpleasant. So when the synthetic trail saddle I liked was available without a horn, I got it without. It does feel a little strange, but I'm getting used to it. The disciplines that have always appealed to me are endurance and competitive trail, so it doesn't really matter what kind of saddle I use so long as it's lightweight!
I ride both western and english. I like the freedom,if you could call it that,that the english saddle gives me,and I feel like I can "feel" the horse better with it. But I also like the western saddle for the more secure feeling of having a bit more to hang on to and surround you. Depends on where and whom I'm riding as to which way I go.
I love my wintec dressage saddle. I trail ride in that all the time for hours on end. Wish it had more rings to tie stuff too. I can jump in it and have galloped in it even though I read somewhere you can't? Western saddles are just too wide for me they make me feel like I can't get my feet under me. Posted via Mobile Device
I'm a 100% English rider, haven't even sat in a Western saddle before and have no idea how it feels. But I love the freedom that is offered by a good A/P saddle, and I like dressage saddles too. Not a fan of jumping saddles, though, although they serve their purpose.
And of course you can jump and gallop in dressage saddles. It's just not that comfortable, as jumping saddles are designed specifically to help with the jumping position.
I rode english growing up and did dressage in high school. Then dressage stop being fun and became more like intense and I ended up pleasure riding. I switched to a western saddle in college. I switched to western and I love my western saddle. I feel really safe in it. I have thought of going back to an english saddle because I think it is better for dressage. The one project pony seems to really enjoy dressage. I think that's because he is sort of like an equine autistic he really likes order. He would really like the trail if everything stopped moving around and stayed where it belonged. The more anal retentive part of him seems to enjoy dressage. So, I have considered dusting off the old english saddle and seeing what happened. I think its good to have experienced both sides of that spectrum. I now ride with stirrups that english riders think are too long and western riders think are too short.
So I was looking everywhere for nyx yesterday and could not find her in her paddock.
As I turned around I saw a little horsey head staring at me from inside the tackshed. Now it is beyond me to figure out how the hell she got in there.
I don't have a pic of the shed but below it is in the background of a photo of nyx.
It has a 1.2m high rail around the edges of the open bay and the side has got three rails, the front is a tie up rail with a mesh panel under neath to stop sheep going in and also between the middle sleeper and the actual shed.
Now nyx was standing inside that little door with a feed bucket in the doorway to stop her getting out.
Its a wonder how she didnt hurt herself, as she was a little spooked as I was trying to get her out but she stayed nice and calm. Silly filly
My dad is 100% western so growing up that's all I did was ride western, my QP is a western horse, and I usually board at places that are predominantly western barns. So my dad is trying to figure out why I decided to teach my huge stocky draft horse to jump instead of being a trail horse. We have "discussions" about what goes through my head when I take the unconventionally route. My draft jumped a 5 foot fence when he was dropped off at the barn so I figured he wanted to be a jumper, turns out I was right.