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post #11 of 40 Old 07-17-2009, 03:41 PM
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I agree that its just a bunch of BS. I personally ride both english and western. There is no difference in the physical strain on the horse.

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post #12 of 40 Old 07-19-2009, 12:59 AM
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I think both disciplines can be just as hard on the horse, because each on has equally demanding sports within it. I ride both...

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post #13 of 40 Old 07-20-2009, 01:27 PM
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Vida's got it nailed. Start bareback if you can. English is great to find your balance, but I figure if you're going to be falling off, better to be without the stirrups lol. However, if you're wanting to feel more secure, western is the way to go. I think starting bareback will teach you to trust your horse & yourself better and not put so much faith into the saddle. The styles aren't any easier or harder on the horse - I think it depends on the rider, but from what I remember, it's like 6 of one, half dozen of the other. On one hand, the western saddle is heavier - so could be misconstrued as harder on the horse, weight wise (english saddles are much lighter usually).... on the other hand, riding english, you're supposed to keep contact on the bit (big no no in western - loose reins are the norm) - which could be taken for harder on the horse's mouth. I say - try both, and see what YOU like better. Then you'll know what is best for YOU to start with.

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post #14 of 40 Old 07-28-2009, 03:47 PM
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I have been western all my life so I have no say in english. lol. But I am going to say I would learn if I had the chance. there aren't very many people around here that do english. In fact i have only seen horses being ridden english 2 times in my life. Once at my friends expensive stable and once at a local horse show. well 3 if you cnsider the ride I took in my friends english saddle for about 5 mins. so start wth one (western as you have chosen) and move on the the other when your comfy. even if it is just to learn the basics.

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post #15 of 40 Old 07-29-2009, 12:56 PM
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I think it depends on the rider as to how 'hard' riding is on the horse.
How hard (the duration and intensity of the riding), how often you work the horse (2x a day, once a week, once a month) and how well you treat the horse (in and out of the saddle) is how I would define a 'harsh' horseback riding situation. All of this is in control of the rider, not the discipline.

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post #16 of 40 Old 07-29-2009, 01:00 PM
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Vida's got it nailed. Start bareback if you can. English is great to find your balance, but I figure if you're going to be falling off, better to be without the stirrups lol. However, if you're wanting to feel more secure, western is the way to go. I think starting bareback will teach you to trust your horse & yourself better and not put so much faith into the saddle. The styles aren't any easier or harder on the horse - I think it depends on the rider, but from what I remember, it's like 6 of one, half dozen of the other. On one hand, the western saddle is heavier - so could be misconstrued as harder on the horse, weight wise (english saddles are much lighter usually).... on the other hand, riding english, you're supposed to keep contact on the bit (big no no in western - loose reins are the norm) - which could be taken for harder on the horse's mouth. I say - try both, and see what YOU like better. Then you'll know what is best for YOU to start with.
Sorry - nope.

Self preservation kicks in and you 'grip' with the wrong muscles when you start bareback. You then have to do a lot of unlearning to balance correctly in the saddle.

Plus - if you are green and try trotting, you may sore the horse quite badly with the pounding on the spine.
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post #17 of 40 Old 07-29-2009, 03:31 PM
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People are hard on horses - not disciplines. A horse that is sound and fit can safely do any sport. As for learning to ride correctly, find a good trainer and you will learn to ride, not matter what saddle you're sitting on. The goal is to ride the horse, not the tack, anyways.

Horse people can be so dense, can't they?

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post #18 of 40 Old 07-29-2009, 08:42 PM
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Well that may be the case with some, mls, but it sure wasn't with me, or for that matter any of the kids I know that started bareback.

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post #19 of 40 Old 07-29-2009, 08:53 PM
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Western isn't harder on horses.
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post #20 of 40 Old 08-01-2009, 04:39 PM
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Yep, what PP said. I've seen both disciplines run a horse down, and I've seen properly maintained racehorses lead long and healthy careers too. It's in the management of the animal IMO.

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