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post #41 of 56 Old 07-10-2014, 12:08 PM
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post #42 of 56 Old 07-10-2014, 04:00 PM
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I started out last September doing English. Did that until March of this year and switched to a Western saddle and some neck reining but still a lot of English type rein handling. I find it's harder work for me to find my balance in the English saddle, but I believe it does a better job at developing my ab muscles and my seat. When I'm in the Western saddle, I kind of feel like I'm cheating. Which is totally okay with me!! Lol

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post #43 of 56 Old 07-10-2014, 07:38 PM
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Just answering the subject heading.... Neither. Australian riding is the best!
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post #44 of 56 Old 07-10-2014, 07:40 PM
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Just answering the subject heading.... Neither. Australian riding is the best!
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post #45 of 56 Old 07-11-2014, 12:29 AM
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I agree with a lot of the people. It's mainly what you grow up with or what you're first introduced to. For me, I ride western and a bit of English pleasure. I prefer western because it's a more relaxed descipline - it's ok to slouch in your seat and have one hand in the reigns. However, you still have that fast paced competitive spirit that everyone loves. Where english has general competitions, jumping, dressage, cross country, its all very similar through a CERTAIN STANDARD. I know many would disagree with me, but I'm getting all, technical. You have more events in western and there's more to do, faster paced, exciting, and fun to go to rodeos. This is just my opinion, but go for the both. See for yourself which you like better. You'll never know until you try! Hope this helps!
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post #46 of 56 Old 07-11-2014, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies, everyone!!

I am still learning Western because yesterday I started practicing barrels, it was so much fun. Although I am pretty sore today ;)
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post #47 of 56 Old 07-11-2014, 01:04 PM
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Well lets see.. I train Hunters/Jumpers, so I definitely prefer it. I find it so fun and proper, and my horses LOVE their jobs.. I am in Northern NY where most people ride English, but I do it because it was how my mother was taught in France and I learned from her. It seems the higher and higher I go the more and more I love Jumping!

But on the other hand, Western is SO fun! I love Western Pleasure, barrel racing and herding.. It is exhilarating!

Only you can decide which you like better. And whatever choice you make is probably going to be fun either way! So think long and hard, they are both fun in their own ways.. Make a pro-con list and go from there.
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post #48 of 56 Old 07-11-2014, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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I agree with a lot of the people. It's mainly what you grow up with or what you're first introduced to. For me, I ride western and a bit of English pleasure. I prefer western because it's a more relaxed descipline - it's ok to slouch in your seat and have one hand in the reigns. However, you still have that fast paced competitive spirit that everyone loves. Where english has general competitions, jumping, dressage, cross country, its all very similar through a CERTAIN STANDARD. I know many would disagree with me, but I'm getting all, technical. You have more events in western and there's more to do, faster paced, exciting, and fun to go to rodeos. This is just my opinion, but go for the both. See for yourself which you like better. You'll never know until you try! Hope this helps!
I def agree about the rodeo's, they are so much fun.
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post #49 of 56 Old 07-28-2014, 02:24 PM
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I've been trained in both English and Western riding. And being I've tried both saddles, I have to say...I LOVE my Australian saddle and wouldn't trade it for anything <3
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post #50 of 56 Old 07-29-2014, 01:25 AM
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Neither is better. They're just different. Personally, I'd rather ride a green, spooky, or fidgety horse in an english saddle, because I have more contact with the horse, so I'm more likely to know what's going to happen BEFORE it happens, rather than when my feet are level with the horn. I do a lot of trail riding, and for short rides (3hours or less) I ride english or bareback, but for longer rides, I find definite advantages to the western saddle. I'm also fond of telling my children that by the time they grab the horn, its too late and they're off the horse anyway, because your seat and legs are what keep you on the horse. The better discipline is the discipline that allows you to do what you want to do with your horse. You want to jump? Ride english. You want to rope? Ride western. You want to putz around and have some fun with your horse? Ride whatever way keeps your tush happy and your knees comfortable. :)
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