Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Western Massachusetts
Since you are in Colorado, I would guess that yes, English barns are probably indeed going to be more on the judgy side. Anywhere in the West, where there is an indigenous and completely different tradition, I think there is this perhaps a bit defensive attitude of 'we're doing something better, harder, more refined'. Which, at the lowest level western throw an old saddle on and ride standard, they may well be.
But if you genuinely embrace the culture, I am sure you will be welcomed. Get the hard hat and the breeches and boots so you look right.