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Western Saddles Versus English Saddles

Friday, February 25, 2011

While there are many different types of riding the world over, the most basic are English riding, and Western riding. The saddles are specialized within each of these distinct styles of riding. Each of these types of riding means a different type of saddle. There are Western saddles for Western events, and English saddles for English events.

Western and English Saddles Photos by evelynbelgium and Kriestienn De Bruyne
An English saddle is quite a bit smaller and lighter than most Western saddles. You'll find that they have steel stirrups, do not have fenders to protect your legs from the straps, and that they have an elastic cinch. If you are not fully familiar with an English saddle and how it need to fit your horse, you should look out for professional assistance. The same can be said for cinching up your English saddle, it needs to be tight enough to hold the saddle in place, and yet the elastic allows your horse to breathe. Also, you require to study how to ride English so that your straps on the stirrups do not pinch your legs, this is one of the main cause that English boots are so tall.

A Western saddle weighs a fair bit more than English saddle. Not only does it have fenders to protect your legs, but also have leather wrapped or raw hide wrapped stirrups that are quite a bit wider at the foot area than the English steel style. Also, a Western saddle will have something called security. This is what surrounds and helps support the Western saddle tree. It's critical that this scurrying on your Western saddle be in excellent condition. If you aware that it's turning up on the corners, or if you notice that when you sit the leather comes outward, it's not offering the support it should. Instead, the whole saddle tree is bearing your weight. So ensure if you're going to ride in a Western saddle which is in good condition and that the leather is heavy enough to support the tree.

Certainly, most people are aware, that English saddles don't carry a horn. All Western saddles or most of them anyhow due hold a saddle horn. Generally, this was often utilized for roping events, but in today's world of barrel racing, cutting and reigning, the horn is also used to assist the rider remain balanced. You'll also find other types of saddles. You'll find an Australian saddles that come with or without a horn, and are sort of a cross between the American Western saddle and the English saddle. You'll also find saddles strictly made for endurance, these saddles are extremely light weight, durable, and distribute the weight evenly throughout the horses weight-bearing back muscles.

Author Resource: Written by Adam Rise
Within each of the type of saddles, English saddles and Western saddles, you'll also observe specialty saddles. You'll often notice a roping saddle has a lower back then perhaps a barrel saddle, and a three-day eventing saddle will be made very durable. Find out more tips about saddles at:

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horse saddle said...

I prefer western saddle for my horse though it provide great comfort and support to my horse.

June 30, 2011 at 3:45 AM

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