Do you ride English or Western?
What is the difference?
- Western riding involves a larger, heavier saddle because it developed from the working ranch tradition. Cowboys needed to cover long distances, and this endurance-saddle spread the weight more evenly across the back of the horse.
- The stirrups are thicker than on an English saddle.
- This form of riding is more suited to rodeo and ranching activities.
- The rider uses the seat, their weight, and neck-reining to signal instructions to the horse.
- They take both reins in one hand, leaving the other hand free to work cattle (or rest on the thigh).
- Traditional western clothing is worn – jeans, cowboy boots, and hats.
- In remote locations, guns may also be carried or strapped to the saddle.
- This type of riding is easier for beginners. The large saddle, raised cantle, and pommel provide a more secure seat than the English version.