Introduction to Western Horse Riding

Introduction to Western Horse Riding


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\f1\fs24 DARLEY NEWMAN: Many ranches in the United States have horses that are trained
in the Western style of riding and use western style tack as opposed to the English style,
which is also common in the United States. Western saddles are usually heavier saddles
with the big horn on front and a deep seat. That deep seat can help you feel more secure
in the saddle. The horn was traditionally helpful when working cattle and separating
out other animals from a herd. Once a cowboy roped an animal, the rope could be wrapped
or tied around the horn to secure it. Western riders traditionally keep the reins in one
hand and do something called neck reining to guide the horse. Many horses are trained
to move away from pressure on their necks. This one handed riding method goes back to
a time when cowboys rode the range and needed a free hand to rope cattle and perform other
tasks. If you travel to a modern ranch to ride, you\’92ll find people of all ages and
levels of riding from all over the world, and many horses that are used to novice riders.\
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\f1\fs24 ANGELA: My first time riding in America, so straight away, I said to Eddie. Eddie,
I\’92m not an experienced Western rider. Don\’92t worry, he said, cause he\’92d been watching
me riding. He said I\’92m putting you on my champion horse and I thought, my God, what
are you doing, you know. Anyway, he said you\’92ll be fine on him, because he could see that
I was light with my hands and um, as I say, we got on straight away.\
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\f1\fs24 KEN: Guests first come. They\’92re a little apprehensive. Ah, they are going
to do something that\’92s unknown to them and it\’92s like everything else. Every kind
of an adventure. The longer you\’92re at it, the more comfortable you become. I think that
also you strike up great friendships. We find that people become friends instead of guests
over the years we sit and visit for hours about old guests or different places we\’92ve
been or different places we\’92re going to go see. It\’92s ah. It\’92s a phenomenal experience.
They do. They really become close friends and we correspond with them for years.\
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\f1\fs24 DARLEY: There are many ways to explore North America\’92s wild spaces, including
saddling up at a traditional or modern ranches. Wherever you end up, take advantage of your
time in the great outdoors and the peacefulness nature can evoke if you sit back to enjoy
the ride.\ \ \f0\fs26>>DARLEY: Equitrkeking.com, the
companion site to our Emmy Award-winning TV series, is chock full of video clips, expert
tips, and a comprehensive vacation guide to dude ranches and riding vacations, so visit
us. \f1\fs24 \
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16 thoughts on “Introduction to Western Horse Riding

  1. Most beef doesnt come from those kind of ranches. About 80% of all meat produced in U.S., is produced in factory farms. And factory farm workers are not cowboys.

  2. Yes but 20% of US beef production is by no means a small number of cattle. Even many factory farms buy cattle at auction that is raised on ranches and then finished in feed lots. There are also other occupations for cowsboys such as working for stock contractors and horse ranches.

  3. Which is better for a beginner- Western Riding or English Riding? I'm starting on Friday and I really want to go with the right choice.
    Thanks 🙂

  4. I would say Western style is better for a beginner, easier to change directions when you ride, than English style. But English style is so classy and elegant!!! I started with Western but definitely want to have an English as the main style pretty soon.
    P.S. what about gangnam style? lol

  5. western saddles are amazingly comfy because they are made to be comfy. this is because when cowboys used the saddle they would be on horse back for hours, in my opinion thats why the western saddle is much nicer. lovely horses by the way 🙂 x

  6. Most western riders lack basic skills and are terrible riders due to the fact that horse show judges are ignorant and do to perpetuate proper horsemanship. I doubt if dude ranches are much better. A real shame but then again anyone who goes to rodeos are subsidizing animal cruelty and abuse. I bet you people keep your mouths shut about that.

  7. I ride English in hunter jumpers and western is very fun!!!!!! But if you start riding I would ride English first because you need alot more balence because the English saddle is less stable then the western saddle and if you ride western it makes it easier for you to ride Western Because your have an amazing seae of balence

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