• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Western or English??

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Western or English??

    What do you trail ride in? Western or English saddle? or either.... Also do you english and western riders wear a helmeton the trail?
    I ride western as so does the rest of my family. And my son and I wear helmets from the time we start with the horses til the time they are back in the pasture. But my hubby does not. I have gotten a many a strange looks from other "westerns" about the helmet but I make my son wear it and how can I say " do as I say not as I do." It is ALWAYS better to be safe than sorry. If something happens to me because I didn't have a helmet on who will embarass him when he gets to be a teenager?


  • #2
    I ride in an Australian Stock Saddle It's much better for my bad back and hip.
    ~ Shannon Hayden ~


    • #3
      saddle and helmet

      Yep Helmet every horse, every time... Saddle is what is most comfortable for horse and rider. I ride in a western/endurance saddle, and most of the trail people ride in western or endurance in our club. we most all wear helmets. Where we ride is very rough, and lots of loose sand and rock. Most folks also use breast collars cause of the amount of hills and ditches we cross.


      • #4
        English ...

        English ... Trees across the trail are for jumping ! But .. there are very few places to carry gear and stuff.

        Helmet, of course.
        Equus makus brokus but happy


        • #5

          Helmet most of the time, but to be honest, not ALL of the time. one lady lets us cross her property but only WITH a helmet on. so i imagine i'll be wearing it more often, and probably thanking her for saving my life someday.


          • #6
            western or bareback. If I'm riding bareback I will ride with a helmet. For some reason if I'm riding western I wont!
            * JEWELS *


            • #7
              Ride with a Western Treeless and always wear my English Troxel helmet.
              MnToBe Twinkle Star: "Twinkie"

              Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!


              • #8
                English saddle, with oversize trail saddlepad that has pockets in it for the extras.

                Helmet everytime. There a motorcyclists' expression that goes something like, "Any brain not smart enough to protect itself in every way might not be worth protecting." I'm not taking any chances!


                • #9


                  • #10
                    I always wear a helmet.

                    I learned English so I always feel a little awkward in a Western saddle. I've only ridden in an Australian saddle a few times, but I liked it a lot.


                    • #11

                      English. I like the close contact. Have wintecs and they are fabulous for comfort AND grip. However, my youngest horse needed a different saddle. So I have a crosby for him.

                      Helmet every time. I love the saying above and I'm an NP who when I started in nursing YEARS ago saw way too many head injuries.

                      I think about the years I rode as a kid, bareback, often barefoot, no helmet... well that gal still lives in me but I need to protect what's left of her

                      Looks are looks... sometimes it's the helmet, sometimes it's the child on a horse and sometimes..people are just jealous of how wonderful it is to ride as family . Ignore them...

                      My son uses a helmet skiing too. He's now 17 /250 lb lineman. Wearing a helmet is a must in his sports. I started him young and he doesn't question it.
                      Last edited by promlightshine; Jan. 1, 2007, 09:56 AM. Reason: clarification
                      Live life to the fullest-ride a standardbred!!!


                      • #12
                        I prefer English but it's cause I like the closest contact. When I want to only walk and be comfy I'll go western but not often. Either way there is alway a helmet. That's just pure common sense.


                        • #13
                          western with a helmet. I find the longer stirrups to be easier on my knees over the long rides. And I do get funny looks with my helmet on, but I feel naked riding without one.
                          One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. - Virginia Woolf


                          • #14
                            English and always with a helmet. I'm always shocked when I see people without one. I don't just don't even understand the debate.


                            • #15
                              Western with a helmet. It's getting pretty common out here so no one gives me funny looks but I did take a little ribbing at first but now, no one notices.
                              Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert


                              • #16
                                Currently using a Western saddle.

                                Always with a helmet. It protects my head from branches even if I don't come off the horse. Nothing bleeds like a head wound!


                                • #17
                                  I use an English or Western saddle, depending on what fits the horse. An old Ammerman barrel saddle on my brick house fat mare, and an English-style Paragon saddle on my racking gelding. And a helmet EVERY time. Every now and then I'm tempted to hop on without it, but then I read something about someone who was killed riding a dead broke horse at a slow walk in a freak accident, and that helmet goes on.

                                  My mother is strictly Western, and she wears her helmet, too. She's the reason I originally started wearing mine, to set the example. She used to try to sneak off without it, but I'd roll her over the coals every time I caught her. Of course, every time I hear one of those horror stories, I pass it on to her, and I think the habit is pretty trained in now. Now, if I could just get her to wear her damned seat belt...
                                  Last edited by fatmare; Jan. 2, 2007, 01:04 PM.


                                  • #18

                                    When I was riding primarily English, I always trail rode with an English saddle. When I went back to riding western (due to knee problems --- it was the best way to insure that I didn't do anything like jumping!), I went back to trail riding western like I'd done years before. And ALWAYS with a helmet. I'd feel naked without my helmet when I ride, like going out without my watch on in the morning. I've even gone on big trail rides (Golden Hills, for example) where I was the only person wearing a helmet. Guess I value my brain more than some people do!



                                    • #19
                                      Bob Marshall Treeless Western saddle. Your horse will love it and so will your seat and knees! Helmet - without a doubt. Who gives a damn what you look like. Furthermore, if you are going with other trail riders, the smart ones will also be wearing a helmet, so you really won't be looking out of place. Happy trails!!


                                      • #20
                                        Western, never wear a helmet. I have a cousin that preaches the helmet thing, usually with a pop in one hand, a smoke in the other, and is 40 lbs over weight. No one takes her serious.
                                        Quality doesn\'t cost it pays.