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post #1 of 56 Old 07-07-2014, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Question What's Better: Western or English Riding?

Still new to this forum and new to the " horse world" in general.

I am currently working with a trainer (I do not have my own horse, am using her TWH mare) to learn proper technique, form and become a better all around rider.

My question is: which do you prefer, English or Western? Or Western vs saddle seat (not sure what the exact name is )?

Why do you prefer one over the other? Do you find that it is more location specific ( I.e. You live in an area that trains for one discipline over the other or one is more popular than the other?)

I am open to trying both, just getting a feel for what the "other side" is like. I am still pretty new to learning Western, so I am looking for info :)
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Lol, that's like asking hundreds of people which is better, chocolate or vanilla. You'll get a multitude of answers, maybe even some mixed! If you're interested in multiple riding disciplines, then ride multiple disciplines. Personally, I am partial to dressage, but I also love jumping, western, pleasure and trail, so I made sure that my horse was comfortable doing all around stuff from the get go.

Feel it out, take some dressage lessons, maybe a reining and a saddle seat one here and there, try some gaming, try it all. You'll eventually learn what you're most interested in and focus your practice in a bit more.

For now just enjoy the ride :)
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"English" can encompass huntseat, dressage, saddleseat, walking seat...same with western styles. Reiners will ride differently from WP, from cutters.

Both have their pluses and minuses, depends on if you want to stay discipline specific, show, or just ride.

Don't really prefer one over other, just western is what is seen more around here and no longer have saddleseat saddle either.

Both are fine with me.
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Western....
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Lol, that's like asking hundreds of people which is better, chocolate or vanilla. You'll get a multitude of answers, maybe even some mixed! If you're interested in multiple riding disciplines, then ride multiple disciplines. Personally, I am partial to dressage, but I also love jumping, western, pleasure and trail, so I made sure that my horse was comfortable doing all around stuff from the get go.

Feel it out, take some dressage lessons, maybe a reining and a saddle seat one here and there, try some gaming, try it all. You'll eventually learn what you're most interested in and focus your practice in a bit more.

For now just enjoy the ride :)


Thanks!! I am really enjoying what I have learned so far! :)
I think with a TWH I should be able to do a little of both, am I correct in that? I know they are used around here for dressage. I'm actually located about a 1/2 hour/45 minutes from the Tennessee Walking Horse Association HQ... so there's a lot of them around!
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Thanks!! I am really enjoying what I have learned so far! :)
I think with a TWH I should be able to do a little of both, am I correct in that? I know they are used around here for dressage. I'm actually located about a 1/2 hour/45 minutes from the Tennessee Walking Horse Association HQ... so there's a lot of them around!
Oh yea.....you can certainly do either.....

I just like a place to tie my saddlebags on.....and a horn to hold while navigating the tougher places on the trails.....

Or, maybe it's the traditional, nostalgic western look?

Just have fun....with both! Come visit!
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Oh yea.....you can certainly do either.....

I just like a place to tie my saddlebags on.....and a horn to hold while navigating the tougher places on the trails.....

Or, maybe it's the traditional, nostalgic western look?

Just have fun....with both! Come visit!

Thanks! Are you close to Lewisburg? I see your tagline says SE Tennessee? Beautiful part of the state! It's one of my favorite drives from Murfreesboro down that way!
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I ride and show both but I prefer English because the saddle is lighter for me to carry!
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I ride and show both but I prefer English because the saddle is lighter for me to carry!
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Good Point!
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I ride English (preferred for my comfort) and western. I've yet to find a western saddle that was comfortable for me, but I do trail ride in a western saddle on occasion. I want to learn saddle seat, driving, and side saddle.

It all depends on what you like and what you're comfortable with. Do what is most comfortable for you and your horse (or trainers horse ) You can be discipline specific or just general 'all purpose'.

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