I was reading a thread where someone mentioned, some people call them selves western just because they sat in a western saddle. That got me thinking. I have never touched an english saddle or anything even remotely english(not that there is anything wrong with it. Just haven't got the chance). I don't show. Mostly just trail ride. But when I have lessons I learn with the western method of riding. I am not even if what I just said makes sense. I don't barrel race,rein or western pleasure or any other western discipline. What does that make me?
I would say you're a Western rider. I'm a primarily English rider but I enjoy Western riding as well. So, I'm an English/Western rider. I love the different aspects of both disciplines and the similarities.
I would say you're a western rider. I've never ridden in an english saddle either, but I would really love to try. I mostly just trail ride, but I love learning about all the different disiplines also.
I ride english, western, and bareback. I've seen too many english riders who can't stand the "hillbilly cowboy" riders and too many western riders who couldnt stand the "snotty english" riders. Its just a saddle. A good horseman is a good horseman reguardless of tack or horse breed.
I agree. I don't like saying "English" or "western", or "riding style."
Selena has schooled training level dressage tests a good amount. She is a finished reiner started on cows. She is a barrel horse. If she was conformationally correct to jump without killing herself, I'd probably do that too. You stick her in a western saddle and she looks like a cow pony. In an english saddle she looks just like a little hunter pony.