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    12-07-2010, 12:45 PM
  #21
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Originally Posted by Sunny    
The majority of English riders around here are trail riders 6 days a week. They usually spend one day training for competition, and the rest they are "happy hackers."

It's the Western riders who are the arena freaks, in my area. The WP riders here are some of the most uptight people, but of course there are exceptions in both areas.

I DETEST discipline stereotypes.

I am an English rider, although I grew up riding Western. I bought Sun to be an Event horse. Does that mean she won't go on trails? Of course not. I adore trail riding, as do many of the other English riders here.


There are Western riders who, as soon as they hear that I ride in an English saddle, suddenly assume that I'm a stuck-up, rich brat. Far from the truth.

If all I cared about was winning I would have bought a trained eventer, not a $500 long yearling that needs two-three years before she sees a jump.

Those assumptions make me sad, and disgusted.
I don't assume that you're a back country hick because you choose to ride Western, so don't assume I'm a ribbon-happy brat because I choose to ride English. Ignorance is NOT bliss, it's ignorance.

I don't view one discipline better than another. I have my preferences, but that doesn't mean the others are any less worthy of respect.

In either situation, you are putting yourself on the back of a 1200 pound, unpredictable animal, and that deserves respect.

This isn't directed toward anyone, just my sentiments on the whole debate.
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Agreed. I love riding english for jumping, and I love riding western for trails and and just pleasure. My horse was only 600 and she's a great horse. Unfortunately there's always going to be a stereotype for everything, and there are some english AND Western riders who are stuck up. It's not the saddle that makes someone stuck up. It's the attitude of the PERSON that makes someone stuck up or not. I absolutely despise those type of people who are "Look at how good I am! You can't beat me!" I just laugh in their face when they lose
     
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    12-07-2010, 06:35 PM
  #22
Gus
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Ktibb-It was horrible the first time I fell and landed on my feet, by his shoulder. It looked like I was going to mount! The second time don't ask me how it happened but my head and my right arm was between his front legs!!!!!! Bless my horse, he stopped and I was extremely light headed saying, "HEY! PRINCE! What are you doing riding me? I'm supposed to be riding you! HAHAHAHA!" I absoluetly hated the teacher she didn't come over to see if I was ok, my friends had to do that. She just kept sayin, "That is a fabulous horse." I'm thinkin, "I know.....NOW WHAT ABOUT ME?!!?!?!?!?" If my horse kept running, his back feet would have probably hit my chest or head. O.o

If someone was actually going to teach me instead of ingoring me when I fall...I wouldn't say no, I want to learn!
     
    12-07-2010, 06:43 PM
  #23
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I'm Western, though I want to learn English.
I see western as a use on the farm, like roping, cutting.
English I see, more of a showing riding type. Nothing wrong with that I love to show.
     
    12-07-2010, 06:53 PM
  #24
Gus
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Agreed!
     
    12-07-2010, 07:00 PM
  #25
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Originally Posted by Gus    
agreed!
With me?
Awesome!
     
    12-07-2010, 07:02 PM
  #26
Gus
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Ya I see it the exact same way I mean you can't necessarily rope in an english saddle...but that doesn't mean I have anything against it. I want to learn so bad...the right way. But western you can go far as well
     
    12-07-2010, 07:17 PM
  #27
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Gus    
Ktibb-It was horrible the first time I fell and landed on my feet, by his shoulder. It looked like I was going to mount! The second time don't ask me how it happened but my head and my right arm was between his front legs!!!!!! Bless my horse, he stopped and I was extremely light headed saying, "HEY! PRINCE! What are you doing riding me? I'm supposed to be riding you! HAHAHAHA!" I absoluetly hated the teacher she didn't come over to see if I was ok, my friends had to do that. She just kept sayin, "That is a fabulous horse." I'm thinkin, "I know.....NOW WHAT ABOUT ME?!!?!?!?!?" If my horse kept running, his back feet would have probably hit my chest or head. O.o

If someone was actually going to teach me instead of ingoring me when I fall...I wouldn't say no, I want to learn!
It still amazes me the people that carry the title of 'instructor'.

I wasn't taking lessons, but volunteering at a therepudic riding center in hopes of getting back into the horse scene after 10 years out (this was 6 years ago, before I had my current mare). I made sure to tell the 'instructor' that I had never ridden english, nor jumped anything and that I hadn't been on a horse in 10 years. Didn't seem to matter to her so long as the horse got some excercise!

All I can say is thank goodness for the internet! It has opened my eyes to so many short comings in the horse worls, as well as helped me to learn to do my homework before going to an instructor, or finding a trainer. It's really SO worth it to put in a little forethought and time. Hard lessons we learn, lol!
     
    12-07-2010, 07:20 PM
  #28
Weanling
I too would love to leant some proper technique. I mostly just fell in love with how darned comfortable the sadles can be! My knees are in agony if I spend more than 2 hours in my western saddle (granted it's just a big horn and not a top of the line model) but had no issues after 7 hours in a KN dressage saddle. I would also love love LOVE to learn how to jump.
     
    12-08-2010, 12:17 AM
  #29
Gus
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I know "how" to jump it just isn't that graceful XD

But if you want to call it "english" when I don't want to throw the western saddle on I will throw the exercise saddle....I don't call that english cause it isn't for jumping or dressage...it is really just there....
     
    12-08-2010, 01:06 AM
  #30
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English is good not saying it's better or worse. I just think western is more useful. You can't rope in a english saddle, wouldn't think you could cut...
I would love to learn jumping. And cross.
     

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