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post #1 of 24 Old 12-05-2019, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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English or Western? Which would you prefer and why??
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post #2 of 24 Old 12-09-2019, 07:44 PM
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Both and you can add in Aussie and bareback. I've also ridden side saddle and in a military saddle. I really love to drive too.
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post #3 of 24 Old 12-10-2019, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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Both and you can add in Aussie and bareback. I've also ridden side saddle and in a military saddle. I really love to drive too.
Ive always wanted to try driving but i never did lol
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post #4 of 24 Old 12-10-2019, 02:17 PM
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I ride mainly English, have ridden in all types of English saddles but right now my favourite is the dressage saddle. Ridden western as well, different types, in the old days lots of bareback riding, ridden in military saddles and my old troopers saddle was the greatest and most comfortable for long distances. I have also driven a team, cut hay, pulled the hay wagon. I have also done some swimming on horses.
I guess I would have to say the one I prefer is English riding as I do that the most. Even when showing western I did most of my schooling in the English saddle as I preferred it to the western.
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post #5 of 24 Old 12-10-2019, 02:43 PM
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A dressage saddle is my chosen saddle right now - it holds me in a lot better than my western and jumping saddle on the mare that has decided bucking is a fun new trick...

For my "goodie two-shoes" gelding, I prefer my western saddle lately - we mostly just do ambling trail rides now. That, or bareback. He's easy, and he has a really comfy back.

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post #6 of 24 Old 12-10-2019, 03:35 PM
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Right now I usually ride in a Western saddle, but I also have an Australian saddle and English saddles, rode English for many years, ran barrels, roped, did day work on feedlots and at auctions on horseback, did ranch work, jumped, dressage, trained horses, and have driven horses/ponies/drafts both single and in a team. I don't really have a favorite; if it's working with horses, it's good by me.
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post #7 of 24 Old 12-10-2019, 03:41 PM
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I ride both English ( hunt seat and polo) and western.

I ride a western saddle most of the time because, even if the horse's background is in an English discipline, I like taking saddlebags and a few tools, like fence pliers and staples, when we go out.
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post #8 of 24 Old 12-10-2019, 03:48 PM
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I like western because I want to have a horn to grab so I can feel safe. :p It's purely mental probably, but just the reassurance that I can grab it... :p Considering my recent adventures on an english saddle I am sticking to western for now. :p

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post #9 of 24 Old 12-10-2019, 04:14 PM
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My preference for everyday riding is a General Purpose saddle. I also enjoy bareback and occasionally Sidesaddle.

If the horse is sensible and built like a sofa, then i love to go bareback. I still enjoy riding Sidesaddle on experienced, comfortable horses but I'm old enough now that it causes stiffness in my right knee and hip.
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post #10 of 24 Old 12-10-2019, 04:16 PM
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Beats me.

Although nowadays I prefer western, I guess. I'd prefer Australian if I could get someone to reflock my old one. But western works OK.


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