Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Eastern Ontario
Does Anyone Else Ride Western With An English Bridle?
I paddock ride with an English bridle, my pony can be a little unruly at times, so I use it as a training aid. But last weekend I went on a group ride with some of my buddies, and their friends I didn't know very well, and I showed up with my reining saddle and English bridle. So, of course I was chewed out by the English riders.They told me if I ride western, I should ride in a western headstall, and that it looked stupid to have miss matching tack and I ended up galloping off with out them. I was a little hurt, to be honest. Unlike them, my horse didn't come from any bloodline, he didn't come to me with the ability to jump oxers, or run cross country, he came to me green broke and without someone to love him. So when the training started, I learned just what exactly he could do, somethings good, somethings bad. He opens his mouth to evade pressure from the bit, so I thought putting him back in a nose band and D ring was acceptable. But now that I've had a strip ripped off of me about not using a western headstall for pleasure riding, I feel a little self conscious and put out. Does anyone else trail or paddock ride with a western saddle and English bridle?
Thank you for feeding us years of lies. Thank you for the wars you left us to fight. Thank you for the world you ruined overnight. But we'll be fine, yeah we'll be fine.
Last edited by BornToRun; 11-02-2011 at 08:37 PM.