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post #1 of 6 Old 09-27-2013, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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Why?

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General consensus seems to be for the Majority of Riding Styles, English Riding and Western Riding

Why not:

Eastern Riding and Western Riding?

English Riding and American Riding?

Other examples?

Thoughts?



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I think it's because western originated in the US, which was known as the "western states", or something along those lines. Where as english was more so in the english/european countries.
I honestly think of english riding as something that showed you had enough money, whereas western is more practical for your farming and ranching that popped up in the US.

Probably completely off, but that's what I think of, lol.
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I think it's because western originated in the US, which was known as the "western states", or something along those lines. Where as english was more so in the english/european countries.
I honestly think of english riding as something that showed you had enough money, whereas western is more practical for your farming and ranching that popped up in the US.

Probably completely off, but that's what I think of, lol.
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I sooo thought this when I was a kid, lol. My parents even didn't want me to learn english because they thought it would be more expensive. I don't know the difference then, since $500 showmanship jackets were unheard of back then. But you did have multiple outfits.

But now as a parent, I tease them. I spent a grand total of $295 to completely outfit the Princess for huntseat (saddle, bridle, show clothes), and $486 for western ( and I make her show clothes!!).

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English is by no means any more expensive.
It all depends how you budget and spend your money.
I do agree that western is a bit more practical for ranch work.
I believe it's called western because we're a western continent and it originated over here.
As stated, English came more so from Europe.
I'm not sure the specifics, which is surprising considering I'm a history buff, generally!! Someone care to enlighten?
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English is by no means any more expensive.
It all depends how you budget and spend your money.
I do agree that western is a bit more practical for ranch work.
I believe it's called western because we're a western continent and it originated over here.
As stated, English came more so from Europe.
I'm not sure the specifics, which is surprising considering I'm a history buff, generally!! Someone care to enlighten?
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These days I think it's less expensive, definitely has been for me

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I think it makes more sense to separate riding into:

Forward balance / centered balance

Constant contact / contact for direction

Another split might be Rider decides / Horse initiative

I think we view things in terms of tack, while horses view things in terms of how we use tack.

You could also add "Australian Riding", which seems to feel free to borrow and adapt any tack to get the job done:



A forward seat, westernized Australian saddle, snaffle & direct reining, although I don't think he is trying for what is meant by 'on the bit'. But his forward seat is not a hunt seat, either...more of a cross between the Old West style and hunt seat.

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