Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Cincinnati, OH (USA)
What's neat is that they were both really good riders. Switching horses proved that. I have to say, I was expecting to see a cowboy put to shame by a dressage rider, but I have to say I think they were evenly matched. However, I have to say, looking at the two disciplines side by side really points out that the basics of them have nothing in common - just look at how the horses carry themselves - the western horse is slumped forward on it's forehand and leaning over into the turns, and it's sidepasses were a bit odd, sort of shuffly. Whereas the dressage horse was light, and supple, and had lovely, free, yet controllable forward movement.
Overall, I suppose I was impressed with them both, but I'm always going to be an English rider, through and through. Dressage forever baby! ;)