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What's Your Primary Riding Style?

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I grew up riding western, but I do enjoy riding english every once in a while.

Most of the time I still ride western though, as that's what most others around here ride, especially on the trails.

Just curious which riding style you prefer? And why?

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I find myself riding "Weslish". There are aspects of both riding styles that I take, and have kind of incoporated them together into my own riding style. I like western saddles, and I also enjoy the more laid-back style of riding that goes along with western riding. But I also really love the way English riders keep their hands low, back straight, heels down and just have a nice posture overall. The less visible your cues are, the better in my opinion as well.

I guess all-in-all I simply ride like "me" and I'm pretty comfortable with that :)

Me riding "Weslish" and lovng every minute of it:

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Typically I ride Bareback, yes it is a sytle of riding [Crazy] [Crazy]

Ginger is trained as an all-rounder, and I while I like riding both styles, nothing beats riding barebacka and bridleless.

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I ride western. But then again, I have never tried English. I would love to give it a whirl someday though! Dressage looks fun and it would be neat to take lessons.

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Western. Mostly because most of the stuff I ride or do...a western saddle is required (team roping...) I grew up with it and I feel safe riding 2-4 year old horses in a western saddle...something about the swells, horn and deep seats.

Also, rollin, your "Weslish" style is also what I tend to do. Although I've never rode english in my life. I ride with my hand low (unless working cows or roping and such...) with the heels down and straight back... I want to learn some English as well.

But, also, bareback is very tempting to do...but I wouldn't dare turn my mare loose on a cow bareback. She almost looses me when I'm in the saddle at times.

This is how I tend to ride while doing some training work or whatever...heh

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Bareback, but when I need the saddle, it's an Australian saddle.

I would love to try an english saddle someday, I think it might be a nice fit for me

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Western.

Just more comfortable to me...

And to Rollin: That paint in your siggy is TO DIE FOR!!!!

Thank you so much! I just love Tuff, he's my baby. He just turned 2 in October. I'm such a proud momma!

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I ride in a treeless endurance saddle - more western than english in terms of appearance, but I think my riding is more english that western. I also ride bitless and barefoot, but that's what works for my horses, not some all encompassing philosophy (but it's easy, which works with my very lazy personality).

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I started out Western on my first horse, hunt seat with my Thoroughbred. Changed to saddle seat with my Morgan, also sat behind him when I drove him. In later years with my Morgan I changed to Western. With the mare I have now it's Western also.

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:grin: Love what ROLLIN said - "Weslish" - TOO CUTE!!! And Tuff --TOO CUTE - WOW!!!

I ride the trails all over South Carolina. I use a Western saddle. I learned to ride English and I think that did help my riding - balance and body position.

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As of right now, I'm doing mainly hunters (so English ;) ). Tori has chosen that she wants to be a hunter. I really want to show in the jumpers though. I was riding dressage a ton with Ocean.. And Tori just isn't a dressage horse so my dressage saddle has been sitting since September :(

PM Eventer - what kind of saddle are you riding in? It looks Really nice.

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I'm an English gal, myself. Mainly because jumping is my addiction. When trail riding, there are far too many downed trees and other obstacles to tempt me to jump...so I can't ride trail in a western...well, I could, but that's not very nice to the horse, or my gut.

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I'm mainly English- jumping, eventing, dressage. But my mare isn't a fan of jumping or dressage, she's actually showing some promising signs to become a reiner and/or gaming horse. So I think we're going to make the western switch over the winter. Someday I'll be able to get a second horse that I can event with, but right now I just want to have fun with my mare. We also love bareback in the winter and trails.

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