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post #1 of 28 Old 02-28-2010, 03:11 AM Thread Starter
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Question about diefferent styles of riding

Why is it that some people that ride english despise those who ride western and vice versa.... I have a friend that lives in an area that has horse trails but was told she can not ride on them unless she rides english? Why is that? I mean we should all be here for the horse and not what or how one rides? If we, horse owners, band together we could achieve alot, but as long as we let different riding styles split us then we can not achieve as much.
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Why is it that some people that ride english despise those who ride western and vice versa....
For the same reason people war over differences of opinion, religion, politics, et al... It is the human thing to do.
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Western people like to think they are better than English people. English people like to think they are better than Western people and blah blah blah...

It's stupid.

She may just be more comfortable in an english saddle. The points of balance on and english saddle and a western saddle are very different. When I went on a beach ride in NC for vacation, I requested a horse that rides english because that was what I was comfortable with.

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Some people just can't see past their own opinions. You do whats comfortable for you and just ignore narrow minded ignorance

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It is also the fact that many people who ride western don't see the purpose for riding english and it seems to them like a waste of time as they aren't "accomplishing anything". I ride western, will probably never ride english, but I can understand how some people would prefer it.

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I know around here a lot of people ride western (and I speak more so from the draft side of things) so I preferr the english option just because not a whole lot of people do it. Its kind of like those who don't like to follow the crowd, but I can see why people choose the one they do, both have pros and cons. Tis a shame that some separate themselves like that, but at some point you just need to move on. Its all we can do in this world really.
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people have always despised things that are different and things they don't understand. Areas that are more diverse in discipline are more likely to be tolerant and understanding than areas that are almost all western and then you're the one english rider, just like any other sort of diversity issue. In the end, western style and english style are more alike than what first meets the eye.

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Why is it that some people that ride english despise those who ride western and vice versa.... I have a friend that lives in an area that has horse trails but was told she can not ride on them unless she rides english?
Who told her that? Is it a real rule?
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post #9 of 28 Old 03-02-2010, 04:04 PM
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People are arrogant, ignorant and down right dumb a lot of the time. We should celebrate diversity. Not frown upon it.
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post #10 of 28 Old 03-02-2010, 04:13 PM
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I have a friend that lives in an area that has horse trails but was told she can not ride on them unless she rides english?
Not jumping on the 'people suck' bandwagon, but I do have a question about this.

Are you sure that's what she's been told? Unless a horse trail is privately owned, no one gets to dictate what tack others may use. Public trails are open to every riding discipline.

I ride English and have done so my whole riding life. Tried Western and it wasn't my cup of tea. Each to their own.
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