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post #51 of 56 Old 07-29-2014, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by calicokatt View Post
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. :)
Haha, I like that last point: I am learning barrels right now, but I think I mostly just like to putz around and go on trail rides! :) It's fun to learn the competitive stuff, I've always been involved in sports, but I like the "leisure" of the trail ride and just being outdoors more than a dusty arena (so far)
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post #52 of 56 Old 07-29-2014, 09:20 AM
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Well, I'll throw a monkey wrench into the mix. Not only do I do ring work in a dressage saddle (it's lighter and easier to carry) but I trail ride in a western saddle (not lighter, being a Wade, but I do so love how comfy it is). And then I go to the other arena on the property, hook up to the cart and drive!

All with my Haflinger. My mare did western and English, but I don't ride her much anymore and am ground driving her with a goal of maybe driving

I like being multi discipline. To me, each has it's own uses, depending on my mood. And sometimes, my mood is "I don't wanna ride" so we drive instead.
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Oh to be young!! I've reached the point where I only trail ride. Slowly. And I go for comfort! My endurance saddle is comfortable for me (and my horse), allows me to "feel" the horse and provides a little bit more support on steep inclines than an English saddle. No horn. I'm not roping cattle, so who needs that spike poking up at you? Good riding is good riding. The tack changes with the task...but balance, seat, clear communication --- it's all the same. Find what you enjoy....and then do it. For as long as you can!

Also, the endurance saddle is light enough (19 lbs) for me to handle with no problems!

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post #54 of 56 Old 07-29-2014, 12:10 PM
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Well my opinion is that you should defiantly start in a western saddle to help with balance and comfort. Then if you are open to try, do some english! I currently do english but thats how I learned. Its all up to you!
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post #55 of 56 Old 07-30-2014, 07:43 AM
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There's another school of thought that the best thing for learning balance is riding bareback, since saddles allow you to stay on the horse even if you are not balanced. Now is that English, Western, or just au naturel?
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post #56 of 56 Old 08-01-2014, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by SueC View Post
There's another school of thought that the best thing for learning balance is riding bareback, since saddles allow you to stay on the horse even if you are not balanced. Now is that English, Western, or just au naturel?
LOL, well I definitely do not think I am ready for bareback just yet! I have been using a Western saddle that's designed for barrel racing, it's pretty comfortable actually!
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