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post #11 of 13 Old 07-16-2015, 11:49 AM
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I think at this point in her riding, it's good that she be exposed to both so she can decide what she really wants to do, and to learn that there are multiple ways to ride, and different feelings from riding.

And I think you should take advantage of it too!
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post #12 of 13 Old 07-16-2015, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by ecasey View Post
I like doing both, but I think I have to work harder at the English stuff. The saddle doesn't hold me in like the Western one does, so I have to work on my balance more and core strength. So for that reason, I think taking English lessons makes me a better rider faster, but it's harder work...
I went from English (forward seat) to western. I think a western saddle is easier to learn the basics in, but I'm finding it a challenging switch. The habits patterns of a forward seat are not optimum for good western riding. Maybe it is because my saddle is an A-fork (no swells in front) and slick, hard seat (no padding, no grippy leather, no knee pads or rolls, etc...probably doesn't help that I polished the seat!):

While my horses don't buck, I've re-attached the bucking rolls just to have some "poleys" on the front for times my horse stumbles or decides to put on the brakes without warning.

Get sliding forward in that sucker and it is like sliding on ice. At least, until one's crotch hits the horn... May keep one from coming all the way off, but not...fun.

I'd rather not say how I know that, other than to admit it is just as well I sing tenor in the church choir. Ain't going to be hitting any low notes soon...

I rode Trooper the other day for the first time in over a year. He was pulling like a freight train. But this is NOT the way western riders look...at least, not around where I live:

Not much like this:

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No matter which style one starts learning, there is always more to explore and learn. At 57, I'd probably have found it hard to switch from western to English, had that been my path. Maybe I'm just getting old...

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post #13 of 13 Old 07-16-2015, 05:46 PM
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Personally, I rode English most all my life and though college. Now as an adult, I can climb into either saddle and be able to find my center no matter what the saddle type pr horse.

Again, personally, I am glad I grew up riding hunters as I leaned heal, hip, shoulder - where western does have a different frame. It depends on what your end game is - relax and enjoy and be SAFE, or sweet the show circuit on jumping courses. They both teach responsibility and horsemanship.
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