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post #11 of 41 Old 11-10-2014, 06:00 PM
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I have found a lot of hatred in the English Community being a guy, that was a beginner and over 200 pounds wanting to learn to ride.. I got a lot of not so nice comments from people.. whereas in the western community, I had no problem taking lessons.. there seems to be a stigma where you have to be a string bean to ride english, which is a shame as I always wanted to learn how to ride english, just people's attitudes towards me has made me swear off doing it

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post #12 of 41 Old 11-10-2014, 06:45 PM
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^ See that's too bad. I know people often looked at me funny when I showed English because I've got meat and muscle on me like you wouldn't believe. I always find it disheartening when people in disciplines are rude/narrow minded.
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post #13 of 41 Old 11-10-2014, 07:07 PM
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I don't see that where I live. both disciplines get along fine and many people are comfortable in both. but, I live in an urban area, very cosmopolitan.
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post #14 of 41 Old 11-10-2014, 07:07 PM
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Its no different than Ford VS. Chevy, Dog VS. Cat, or Chocolate Vs.Vanilla. Every one has their preferred method of doing things and when the differences between 2 like things as so great, people quickly divide, and choose sides. The same divide is there between gaited riders and non gaited riders, Shod VS. Bare foot, and bits VS bitless.

This is a sport/hobby where MOST of the people in it are very passionate about what they do and have chosen their specific flavor based on what is best for them. And, most of us have spent a small fortune on our preferred style of riding and can not swallow/admit, that their might be something that is equally as enjoyable.

Viranh, likely has hit the nail on the head though, I believe it lies mostly in the local culture. Not so much,the aristocracy of it, but more so, "this is how daddy did it".

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Always chocolate. And red wine. Chocolate plus red wine, a bonus. Chocolate, red wine, plus a steamy bath....priceless

As for riding Englishness western..what ever you like!....as long as you carry chocolate.....*grins*
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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.
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Always chocolate. And red wine. Chocolate plus red wine, a bonus. Chocolate, red wine, plus a steamy bath....priceless

As for riding Englishness western..what ever you like!....as long as you carry chocolate.....*grins*
But...but....I have insulated saddle bags for the wine to keep chilled...can I come too?
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I have always rode Western, more specifically, barrel racing (so I know what it feels like to be on the wrong side of the gun).

I never had a dislike for English riding. I may not have a complete understanding about it, but I always enjoy watching the local schooling shows around here.

I figure most of the dislike is more likely than not just a lack of knowledge.
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But...but....I have insulated saddle bags for the wine to keep chilled...can I come too?
As long as your saddle bags coordinated with my insulated saddle bags...*grins*.... They also help keep the chocolate from melting!
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Always chocolate. And red wine. Chocolate plus red wine, a bonus. Chocolate, red wine, plus a steamy bath....priceless

As for riding Englishness western..what ever you like!....as long as you carry chocolate.....*grins*

Chocolate AND red wine would make my heart palpitate. and , add in Brad Pitt, and I would need an EMT!
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I've always ridden Western. Around my area I see a lot more Western riders than English. A girl down the street, or maybe next door, I've seen ride down the road in an English saddle. At the fair during the open show I saw several English riders.

I have respect for both English and Western. They are both challenging and have their own styles and stuff. Anyone who says Western is easier than English I doubt has really ridden Western. It's just as challenging and hard as English, and English the same.

You'll find snobs in every sport and discipline. I think why people think English riders are snobs is because in almost every horse book the characters ride English and there's always the snobs! LOL
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