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1. What’s the most popular breed?Quarter Horses are most commonly used in western disciplines. Paints, Appaloosas, Arabians, and Morgans are also popular.
2. How did this type of riding originate?Western riding evolved from cattle ranching. The horn on the saddle was used when a cow was captured and roped. The saddle has since morphed, depending on the discipline it’s used for. Many trail riders and ranchers still use a saddle similar to the olden days.
3. Do you hold the reins with one hand?Specifically in western disciplines, riders many choose to neck rein and hold the reins in their dominant hand. Two hands may be used in lower level classes and those without restrictions. For example, many riders will opt to ride with two hands when competing in a class such as green reining at a horse show.
4. What type of disciplines are included?
- Barrel Racing
- Pole Bending
- Trail Riding
- Western Pleasure
- Western Horsemanship
- Ranch Riding