About Western Riding Horses
Western riding is a discipline of riding that has developed in the American West from cowboys dealing with rough terrain and sometimes needing to rope and herd cattle. The needs of western riding has led to specialized tack and saddles with deep seats and horns to hold ropes or lariats. Western breeds such as the Quarter Horse tend to be shorter, stockier, and more speedy than horses used in English Riding disciplines. Today western riding is typically the type of riding you see on trails.