Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Where the red fern grows....
I come from a western background, growing up in Nevada, herding cows off the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, whatever could be done on a horse, we did growing up.
As I grew older, we moved to Virginia, both my Quarter Horses were trained to go either western or english so I learned the basics of english. Started to show my Percheron mare, who rode and was trained english, so I learned more and got a better seat, how to hold the reins, etc..
Now that part of my job as a barn manager is riding one of the fox hunters, I ride english all the time and find I prefer it a lot more. It challenges me in ways that western didn't always do. Where my legs are, my hands, are my fingers a certain way, or do I look like I have "puppy paws"? Sitting straight, not sloppy, it is fun and I have enjoyed it a lot.
I will admit, one of the people I work for is rail thin, she looks really good on her hunter/jumper and the other lady teaches classical dressage and both have inspired me to loose weight, to tone up, to be a much better rider, including my own...
It could be too, where your at...here in VA, while it is primarily english and you can find any discipline that uses an english saddle, we do have western people and because I am in both circles, have not met one person who was mean, grumbly, or rude..now, if you want to talk horse breeds and their owners, that is a different subject, there is where I have found rudeness and mean people.