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post #11 of 28 Old 03-02-2010, 05:37 PM
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I don't know anyone who rides English. In this part of the country there are very few English type events or riders. If you don't rodeo, ranch or trail ride, then there is little to do for a horse person.
I would never judge someone who came to our saddle club and wanted to ride English. I may worry about their safety the first time their horse meets a cow but I have no problem with them riding with us.
I have never understood the difference a saddle horn and a few different cue signals make when it comes to horsemanship


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Vida, I live on the east coast which is mostly English, but we do have some Western riders.

The biggest problem I found when riding in Western tack was that I kept trying to get myself into my 'proper' English equitation position. Tired me the heck out!

Western saddles put you into a completely different seat than English.

I've met more than my share of cows in an English saddle. Wouldn't want to round 'em up or team pen in one, but just riding past them didn't cause me any undue issues.
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I went cattle penning in an English saddle. My mom randomly loaded up Cougar, paid to go practice but changed her mind. Rather than not waste the money I thought heck why not . The western saddle I was supposed to use did not fit him properly so I used my saddle. I lived to tell the tale.
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As an English rider, I can tell you confidently, that there is no valid reason for requiring a rider to "ride English" or equally to "ride Western".
I would suggest you replied to whomever told you that you had to ride English
the one word "rubbish".
As long as you have control of your horse in an open environment you can use whatever tack you choose to use. The horse won't say a word.
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As an English rider, I can tell you confidently, that there is no valid reason for requiring a rider to "ride English" or equally to "ride Western".
I would suggest you replied to whomever told you that you had to ride English
the one word "rubbish".
As long as you have control of your horse in an open environment you can use whatever tack you choose to use. The horse won't say a word.
Exactly!
Sorry I didn't mean to sound like an English rider couldn't handle cattle. Just that the saddle isn't as secure. As for the stirrup placement on western saddles and making it difficult to maintain a balanced position, I couldn't agree more. One reason I prefer an endurance type saddle with no horn and more stirrup swing.


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Until I got my stock saddle a few months ago, I used to do our 'snowy river ride' in a wintec 500. Headfirst down a steep hill with rocks and logs and long grass and rabbit holes after the darn sheep who knew if they got to that gate before I did we couldn't get them back. Full gallop down there sure got the adrenalin pumping and I never came close to being unseated - if you are used to the saddle you ride in, you can be just as secure in any type of tack.

I'm with Vida - A different saddle and a few different cue's/focus = That's all it is. It is still riding and it is still getting out there enjoying your horse. I'm happy to say I don't fit into either stereotype - I ride in typically 'english' events and I ride in typically 'western' events - All in the same saddle and on the same horse.

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Until I got my stock saddle a few months ago, I used to do our 'snowy river ride' in a wintec 500. Headfirst down a steep hill with rocks and logs and long grass and rabbit holes after the darn sheep who knew if they got to that gate before I did we couldn't get them back. Full gallop down there sure got the adrenalin pumping and I never came close to being unseated - if you are used to the saddle you ride in, you can be just as secure in any type of tack.

I'm with Vida - A different saddle and a few different cue's/focus = That's all it is. It is still riding and it is still getting out there enjoying your horse. I'm happy to say I don't fit into either stereotype - I ride in typically 'english' events and I ride in typically 'western' events - All in the same saddle and on the same horse.
Of course you can! I'd be on my **** or noggin


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One reason may because of the helmet. Most western riders that I know never wear a helmet. While I don't know an english rider that doesn't wear a helmet whenever they're on a horse. Tell your friend to ask if he/she can go on the trail if he/she has a helmet on. The property owners may be worried about a liability issue.

I now have to ride at the barn with a helmet on. Only because of the big accident I had last year (in which I think my head was the only part on me that didn't get bruised or hurt). The BO decided he didn't want to take any chances. BUT, when I ride out away from the barn, I keep the helmet with me just in case it is required by the property owner. But if it doesn't matter, I don't wear it at all.

It really wouldn't hurt to ask though.
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Of course you can! I'd be on my **** or noggin
Lol! Mostly it was because I had good horses :]

Most people say a stock saddle is the most secure saddle you can get - When I got mine after riding in wintecs for 8+ years, I felt so insecure! It took me a while to adjust and get used to it.

I feel as long as you are used to what you ride in, you should be fine.

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It is not me that is frightened of those big four legged creatures with long tails and two horns poking out of the top of their heads - it is my horse. She takes one look at them, and immediately they go: "moo" she is off like a startled rabbit. She looks like a Lusitano but she'd be no good in the bull ring.

A Western saddle might help me stay in the saddle but what with DiDi's fear of cows and my non existent ability with a rope, there would not be much point.

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