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Godgirl 07-15-2013 07:47 PM

which one which one...
 
which is better english or western? i always hear that english is more uncomfortable for the horse...:?

Roperchick 07-15-2013 07:49 PM

Oh jeez. Such a loaded question.....

GamingGrrl 07-15-2013 07:53 PM

They're impossible to compare, it's oranges to apples.
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Roperchick 07-15-2013 07:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GamingGrrl (Post 3067466)
They're impossible to compare, it's oranges to apples.
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More like apples to apples lol


Honestly op your best bet for an answer is either personal experience or go to the dozens of debate threads about these two

Becca93 07-15-2013 08:13 PM

Well we all know where this thread is going to end up...

SouthernTrails 07-15-2013 10:25 PM

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There have been several studies on this, here is an example for a 150lb rider.

An English Saddle produces approximately 1.75 lbs per square inch of pressure on a Horses back.

An Western Saddle produces approximately .75 lbs per square inch of pressure on a Horses back.

The reason; a Western Saddle spreads the riders weight over a larger area because the bars in the Tree (the part that makes actual contact with the Horse) is much larger than on an English Saddle.


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KigerQueen 07-16-2013 05:51 AM

I think English saddle can be more comfortable on a horse if the rider has a good seat. Western can me more comfortable for the rider as you can ride more 'relaxed' and have more saddle to sit in. I know a few horses that like western saddles more. But it depends on the horse, as the lighter English saddle may be better than a 20lb western.

Saddlebag 07-16-2013 10:29 AM

Keep in mind, a high end saddle correctly flocked to the horse will be much more comfortable for the horse than a low to middle quality saddle. There will also be better weight distribution.

Speed Racer 07-16-2013 10:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Godgirl (Post 3067306)
which is better english or western? i always hear that english is more uncomfortable for the horse...:?

From whom did you hear such an idiotic thing? :?

There is no 'better'. They're merely different disciplines, and you choose the one (or several) that most appeal to you personally.

DancingArabian 07-16-2013 10:38 AM

It's personal preference. All riding styles can be uncomfortable for a horse. Nothing is a guaranteed fit for every animal or rider.
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