Why is it that there’s such a division between English and Western rider? Sure, the disciplines are different, but we’re still doing the same basic activity – riding horses. Our goals are the same – a seamless, polished performance, and greater communication with our mounts. But still, a divide exists.
This video does a great job at highlighting the similarities that we might not notice on our own. We’re all athletes, and our horses all receive excellent training. And they know how to do their job, and they do it well.
Do you find that you mainly ride either English or Western? Before you rule out the other discipline, give it a try. You may be surprised and find that you want to do a bit of both disciplines. At least you’ll have ridden a mile in someone else’s shoes.