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Whats the difference between a Western saddle and a English saddle?

January 19, 2010

Whats the difference between a Western saddle and a English saddle?

And what benefits and downfalls do each of them have for the rider and horse?

western saddles are a lot heavier and bigger. they have a horn in the front, for holding on to, and tying your rope around, when you are roping. they are easier to ride in, and more comfortable for the horse, and rider. but you cannot jump in them, English Saddles are smaller, lighter, and are built for jumping, dressage, or whatever you do. they do not have a horn, or anything like that. they are harder to stay on when a horse is bucking or anything like that, but you can do more in them. hope this helps!

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Christa January 19, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Western saddles have the ‘horn’ in front while English saddles do not. Personally I find it easier to ride on a Western saddle, but thats just me.
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Jodie January 19, 2010 at 11:11 pm

The difference between the saddles are

western saddles : This saddle was designed to provide security and comfort to the rider when spending long hours on a horse, traveling over rugged terrain. Western saddles are used for western riding and are the saddles used on working horses on cattle ranches.

English:
English saddles are used to ride horses in "English riding" disciplines throughout the world.This style of saddle used in all of the Olympic and FEI equestrian disciplines, except for the newly-approved FEI events of equestrian vaulting and reining. Most designs were specifically developed to allow the horse freedom of movement, whether jumping, running, or moving quickly across rugged, broken country with fences. Unlike the western saddle or Australian Stock Saddle, there is no horn or other design elements that stick out above the main tree of the saddle.

The Western Saddles can come with or without the horn depending on the brand etc.
the down fall for the western is you cannot jump in them comftable
and in the english on long treks you are not as ‘encclosed’ as in a
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ladystang January 19, 2010 at 11:35 pm

western is bigger and has a horn

english is smaller and more form fitting.

two different types of riding so two types of saddle.
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Katie January 20, 2010 at 12:12 am

western saddles are a lot heavier and bigger. they have a horn in the front, for holding on to, and tying your rope around, when you are roping. they are easier to ride in, and more comfortable for the horse, and rider. but you cannot jump in them, english saddles are smaller, lighter, and are built for jumping, dressage, or whatever you do. they do not have a horn, or anything like that. they are harder to stay on when a horse is bucking or anything like that, but you can do more in them. hope this helps!
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3dayeventerintraining January 20, 2010 at 12:57 am

Western Saddle has a horn (the type of saddle you see in old west movies)

English Saddle is what you see Olympians use for eventing

I prefer English
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Jenny D January 20, 2010 at 1:44 am

For this you must have to read article on difference between a Western saddle and a English saddle.
Search on google.com and you will definately find the exact answer for your question.
Or you can ask your local vendor about this.
One more thing you can do, See the images of english saddle and western saddle from any saddle site. I have collected the link of western saddle and english saddle, find below.
For western saddle – http://www.saddleonline.com/Western-Saddles/c2/index.html
For english saddle – http://www.saddleonline.com/English-Saddles/c3/index.html
I hope you can see the difference between them.

Thanks.
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