Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Woodinville, Washington
• Horses: 0
I ride English on trails if I'm riding my mare - we have an AP saddle. If I'm riding someone else's horse I will go with whatever they usually wear, most often with the ones I ride that is western. I find that my butt gets sore from a western saddle if I haven't ridden in one regularly and since I don't even have a western that fits my mare, that's most of the time.
My boyfriend, who is a beginner rider, prefers to ride English, whether on a trail or elsewhere. He's the first guy I've ever met who rode in a western saddle a couple times, commented that my English looked more comfortable and hasn't gone back since trying it. It makes me a little nervous sometimes when we canter on a trail (for him, not me) because there isn't that extra saddle to hold onto. But then, he's fallen off in a western saddle but never an English, so maybe I shouldn't be concerned.