Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: SE Washington State
• Horses: 0
My dilemma: English or Western?
I have been riding for a while, and I can't decide which to ride, English or western? I know I could just do both, but I would like to have a "main" way of riding. I definitely like western better for two reasons:
1. My seat feels much more secure and I always have the saddle horn to hang on to if I feel out of control.
2. It's the main way of riding in my area. We are about as western as you can get unless you live right on the coast! Although, lots of people here still ride English.
I would like to ride English for this reason:
I want to learn how to jump. You can't jump western unless you have a special saddle, so I would have to ride English to jump. My friend jumps horses and it looks so fun, and she says it is! I really want to do that, but I REALLY need to work on riding in general before I try anything more than a walk or trot in an English saddle. I can canter and do whatever in a western, but it feels like I'll fall of if I try a canter doing English. Oh, and my friend suggested that I ride her horse English while she lunges her. Would this help me focus on my seat rather than my seat and controlling the horse at the same time?
Anyways, as a summary of all my rambling, I love western and English is ok, but I have to learn English if I want to jump! Should I just learn both and get as good as I can in both? Actually, I already know that I should... What do you think?
Oh, and when you post your opinion, include why you like and don't like both English and western if you want. It might help me!
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