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post #11 of 21 Old 02-06-2013, 07:22 AM
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I ride a TB "western" all cow horsed up. That sends both sides into a tiff! Ha!
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You'd be fine in the northern mountain states. Most of our ranch horses are TB or TB crosses, and then a few do double duty in the summers doing both cattle work and polo. And don't doubt the talent of the horses in either or the skills of their owners in both jobs.

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I don't really like stereotyping either. Horsemen/woman makes more sense.

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post #13 of 21 Old 03-20-2013, 12:38 PM
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I would say you're western. I think it's just based on what your main riding style is. Like maybe what you ride the most in, not necessarily showing or anything. I ride western - never touched anything english and I don't really like english riding.

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post #14 of 21 Old 03-20-2013, 12:55 PM
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I ride in a western saddle a lot, but I always direct rein, post the trot and prefer a real canter to a lope, and real trot to a jog. H m m m......
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post #15 of 21 Old 03-20-2013, 01:14 PM
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I ride in a western saddle a lot, but I always direct rein, post the trot and prefer a real canter to a lope, and real trot to a jog. H m m m......
You're just all confused, aren't you, tiny?

I'm neither western nor English. I ride in an Aussie saddle, direct rein in the arena, don't rein on the trail (we always follow, we ride in a hack so direct reining is tricky, and Aires is pretty much point-and-shoot on the trail), sit the trot (but only because Aires trot is almost gaited horse smooth) and wear a helmet. I am a horsewoman, plain and simple.
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post #16 of 21 Old 03-23-2013, 06:42 AM
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Ive always ridden in an english till a couple days ago I got a western saddle. I've had 3 people jump down my throat about it so far. One declared disgust in it and made a big thing out of how I will never be able to jump in it and ill become a western pleasure rider (oh no! XD) Another girl had a whine about how I wont be able to do pony club (Well I couldnt keep my english saddle and use it for outtings now could I? No that would be unacceptable..what am I thinking, using two different types of saddles for two different types of riding) I believe whatever your comfortable riding in is the way to go. I call myself a horserider. nothing more nothing less. I wear jodphurs and western boots. I wear my akubra on the ground and my helmet in the saddle. Theres gonna be snobs everywhere you go i dont bother trying to fit into a catergory anymore.
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post #17 of 21 Old 03-23-2013, 11:30 AM
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I'd say you're a Pleasure Rider.
The important thing is you are riding and it's a pleasure. : )

Many of us ride using equipment that does not fit into a specific category. Trail riders use what works best. I ride in a plantation saddle but for 20 years rode in a dressage saddle. As long as everything fits horse and rider, you practice good ridership and stay safe, it doesn't matter what you call it as long as you can call it fun.
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post #18 of 21 Old 03-23-2013, 12:19 PM
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Bitless in this picture. Aussie-style saddle. English blanket. Western stirrups. Helmet, and jeans.

However, if I need to split between western & English, I'd ask:

1 - Neck rein or direct rein?
2 - Constant contact with the bit, or not?
3 - Seated 'on your pockets' or not?

On the whole, I think it has more to do with your approach to using reins than to your choice of saddle...

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post #19 of 21 Old 04-23-2013, 01:23 PM
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I've only ever used western tack..Except for my dressage whip. However, I ride in a barrel racing saddle, using barrel racing reins. While I'm not actually a barrel racer at all. Those are just the things that I feel the most comfortable riding with. I tried using a roping saddle, but it was extremely uncomfortable, and I got saddle sore easier. However, my dad never rides a horse without his roping saddle, and swears by his split reins. I hate split reins.
The way that I use the reins depends on the horse. If the horse was trained to neck rein all of his life, then of course I am going to neck rein. However, with most of my horses, they were never taught to neck rein. So, I had to go with direct reining (with my family, they call it "plow reining"). All my life, I have been taught nothing else but direct reining, so when I got a horse that would neck rein, it took me a while to get used to the fact that I did not have to move my hands as much.
To this day, I still do a mixture of the 2 when I'm riding.
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post #20 of 21 Old 04-23-2013, 02:03 PM
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It isn't really important to label yourself "Western." If you like all of the showy tack and showy western clothes, you can call yourself "Western." If you start studying different styles of riding you'll discover that very little differs between them. All horses started correctly are direct-reined. Everybody that owns their horse for a decade will occasionally neck rein on a loose rein, perhaps a hunter/jumper/dressage horse being walked cool. I have always trained my horses to be ridden on a snaffle or a curb, direct reined or neck reined. No one style is better than another. Only good trainers and poor trainers.
Don't mind the western saddle, but I don't cut cattle and have no use for the horn. Most people who trail ride have no use for the horn, either. Don't quite know why the hornless western saddle didn't catch on?
The ONLY thing I don't like about some western saddles is that they teach the rider to brace on the stirrups and ride with a chair seat. The old bucket saddles had a triangular tree, like a McClellan, without swells. Some manufacturers are now making the bucket seat saddle, again. Or, at least a hornless type.

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