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post #1 of 20 Old 11-08-2015, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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What in your opinion is the best way to ride? Western or English? Why?
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post #2 of 20 Old 11-08-2015, 04:44 PM
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There is no 'best' way to ride. They're both equally difficult and rewarding. It's merely a matter of personal preference, and what you plan to do with your riding.

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I was asking your opinion on what and why you like to ride the way you do.
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post #4 of 20 Old 11-08-2015, 04:48 PM
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I ride both Western and English. I'm more comfortable with Western at this point because that's what I grew up with, but I like them both equally. They both have their own unique challenges, and fun that comes with them.

I do not believe one of them is "best".
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By "best" I mean your favorite way to ride.
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Thank you all for taking the time to read and answer my post!
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Nope, you asked what the 'best' way to ride is, and I answered that. There isn't any such thing.

I learned English first, and prefer it. Doesn't mean I think the English disciplines are better than the Western disciplines.

As I stated, it's merely a matter of personal preference and nothing more. The old adage, 'we learn best what we learn first' is generally true, but that doesn't mean you can't switch disciplines if you have your heart set on a particular one.

I used to show saddleseat and English pleasure, but switched over to exclusively trail riding. Didn't switch to a Western saddle though, as I prefer English tack and am most comfortable in it.
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post #8 of 20 Old 11-08-2015, 05:10 PM
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Both are great, there is no best..

I was raised riding English, then learned Western, then went back to English, now back to Western.

I love riding Western, and I had a bad fall from an English saddle, means that I am only comfortable riding Western, but may try English again next year.

The only time I really really want to go back to English is when I am carrying my Western saddle anywhere, that thing is HEAVY..

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If you are trying to figure out which is best when you come to the point of taking lessons, I would suggest finding a good teacher with calm and well trained school horses and go with whatever they do best to get you started. I personally think starting western for the very nervous rider is a good plan only because the saddle is a bit more secure. A bit more aggressive beginner could easily be happy starting English. It's what you are most comfortable with.
I would spend as much time as you can around horses since you are nervous around them (according to a former post about being afraid they will bite) just to get comfortable before riding. Watch other students take lessons if you can. Learn to groom. I don't know what part of the country is home for you but maybe you could help out at a local stable in exchange for some horse-handling instruction. Never hurts to check into it.

I enjoy both English and western but English is my favorite. Less leather between me and my horse.
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post #10 of 20 Old 11-08-2015, 05:37 PM
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My favorite saddle to ride is English, specifically Dressage. However, I am a hunt seat rider so I use an All Purpose English saddle. I rode Western for 8 years before I tried English. I have trail ridden (very steep mountains) in an Australian saddle and find them more comfortable to me than Western, probably because they have more adjustment for stirrup length and have a softer seat (like English saddles do) among other differences.

Western and Australian saddles are heavy, I am short and have difficulty lifting up a lot of weight higher than my shoulder.

There is not a best way to ride, only what one prefers. And you have to try all the different disciplines before you will find your favorite.

There are several styles within each discipline so it isn't really as easy as choosing "Western" or "English".

Basic seat and horsemanship is very similar no matter what the discipline.
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