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post #1 of 14 Old 10-26-2009, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Question Western or English?

Well, I am starting to look into buying a saddle (or hinting about one to the bf since Christmas is around the corner! lol). I mainly only trailride and have thought about competive trailriding in the future. Up until now I have only rode with western saddles but it was recently recommended to me to try an english saddle. Anyways, I would definitely just be getting a used saddle so I'm not really interested too much in brands I just wanted to know what your opinion was on whether or not I should think about switching.

Oh and also what changes would I notice if I did switch to an english saddle after only riding wester? Would I feel like i'm falling out or the saddle? Do you think it would be an easy adjustment?
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-26-2009, 10:44 PM
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If you are just going to be doing trail riding I wouldn't recommend an English. I hear that Western saddles are more comfortable and secure. You may want to look into a lighter weight western saddle, or specialised trail/endurance saddle if you wanted to be very competitive, but if you just want to be mainly a pleasure rider a western would probably be fine.

I've never ridden in a western saddle, but i've ridden in a stock one and I felt I had no freedom compared to an english. I felt just like a passenger.
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post #3 of 14 Old 10-26-2009, 11:29 PM
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Western saddles are much better for the trail. Also, I wouldn't buy an english saddle if you have never ridden english cause what if you hate it? lol You want to make sure you're comfortable english before you purchase an english saddle!

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post #4 of 14 Old 10-27-2009, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah I knew I wouldn't just buy an english, I would absolutely have to try it out first. I had never thought about getting an english saddle until this person recommended it. She said it would be more comfortable for my horse, I guess because he has high withers. But she also said the western saddle I have now fits just fine. But now that I think about it that really doesn't make any sense. What all horses with high withers all have to worn with an english saddle? No.
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post #5 of 14 Old 10-27-2009, 01:00 AM
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Well english is honestly NOT bad on the trail.
I prefer english and i am looking into buying an all purpose english saddle, because i would like to be competitive, i also just PREFER it over western lol.
i think the only thing i really find different when i switch to different saddles is the stirrups, i really am not comfortable in a western saddle, so it is my two cents, the stirrups on western saddles just REALLY bug my legs lol.
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post #6 of 14 Old 10-27-2009, 01:18 AM
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I have a paint that I go back and forth with (dressage/western) all the time. I would say to stick to a western type saddle (a lightweight endurance saddle would be a great idea!) for trail riding if you're going for a long distance especially by yourself. The only time I've ever been dumped by my horse was when I was trail riding in my dressage saddle and he flew sideways (in my experience, my dressage saddle wants to slide more than the western, because my horse has no withers) sending me and my saddle over. You might really like to use a synthetic saddle (low maint, too!) for long distance rides, and your horse will, too! Though I will advise not to get a tree-less saddle, because they don't provide enough support for the horse, no matter how nice for the rider.
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post #7 of 14 Old 10-27-2009, 09:25 AM
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I give a plus to looking into gettinga synthetic saddle. I would not get english unless you have tried it out first. I dont like it at all. Go for the western saddle!!!
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post #8 of 14 Old 10-27-2009, 09:26 AM
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You might like to think of an English cut treeless - they are a half way stop between Western and English.
Depends a little on your weight but they can be very comfortable.

Don't rush into using an English saddle for long rides until you are used to the change in style of riding.

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post #9 of 14 Old 10-27-2009, 10:59 AM
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I think so western saddle is much more comfortable than english. On this site you can find out something about horse saddles especially western saddles.

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post #10 of 14 Old 10-27-2009, 11:13 AM
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I personally prefer a comfy english saddle to a western one to trail ride in. I like how I feel that I have more freedom in an english saddle. I also like it how there's nothing to catch you in the pelvis if you get bucked off, haha (I got bucked off a few years ago in a western saddle and I definitely got the horn smashed into my pelvis, I felt like i was dying for a few days).
If you've never ridden in an english saddle you will definitely feel like there is absolutely nothing holding you in the saddle. It'll feel really weird but after you ride in it for a bit you'll start feeling more comfortable.
Just make sure you test it out first on your lovely equine and yourself and you'll be all good. =)

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