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