Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Adirondacks, NY
• Horses: 0
Western is a lot more comfortable when on a trail, especially for long trails, and I think it's safer, too, just because you're less likely to get uncomfortable and crampy. You can also carry more stuff with you on a trail by getting saddle bags and stuff.
But you CAN ride english on a trail as well, just get a cheap or older saddle, because trails are bound to scratch it up.
It is wise to teach your horse some practical jumps in a western saddle, simply because you never know when you'll come across a downed tree while on a trail or something else that they have to go over. Keep your jumps small and practice going over some poles and short brush. You don't have to change what you ride unless you particularly want to. I want to get an english saddle just to have one and use every now and then...but I'm primarily western.