Differences between English Riding and Western Riding

English riding

English riding reflects the lifestyles of the European aristocracy, so the riding movements are very precise, look gentle but very serious and breathtaking, delicate and noble. To show the spirit of respect for rituals, etiquette and courtesy. The English Riding players always attach great importance to sitting upright posture, face serious, calm, holding hands to control the horse with subtle, detailed movements in each step or stance.

In English Riding’s horse control technique, it also uses the form of holding the reins with one hand through Polo or parade rites of cavalry teams. This is a fairly typical combination as these techniques are also prevalent in the West. Players tend to lean forward in the basic horseshoe pose invented from the Italian Cavalry Caprili School around the beginning of the twentieth century.

At the same time, even when they appear in public places, the English Riding players are all dressed up. Men often wear evening dress, bowler hat or military uniform with a shoulder strap. The women also wear a long dress with flowers attached to the chest and a wide-brimmed hat. When competing in horseback riding to overcome obstacles, the English Riding players wore Tuxedo shirts, tight white pants, boots and safety hats. Meanwhile, in the Art Horse Riding subject, you wear a tailcoat or evening gown, tight white pants, turtleneck shoes and a felt hat with a protruding brim.

Tuxedo comes in two types, red and black, but most often players use black shirts. Costumes are considered quite demanding and sophisticated in genuine British-style shows.

Western Riding

Western Riding expresses more liberal and adventurous.These are the long distance horse control techniques that were born from the cowboys during the American neo-continental reclamation through the form of farming, cultivation and animal husbandry.

The Western Riding players’ costumes also have the style of dusty and daring western cowboys. In order to maintain fitness for a long time sitting on horseback, Western Riding uses a hard saddle that has a block in the front and does not tie the reins so that the horse’s head can move freely for easy easy to balance horse horse and can coordinate handling difficult situations. This is the basis of Western Riding that differentiates the English school from the fact that it does not put pressure directly on the mouth from the reins, but only controls the horse by touching the horse’s neck with the reins.