What is English horse riding called? Dressage is the most classical of the English riding disciplines. The name derives from the French word for “training.” This is fitting because dressage requires a lot of practice!
What is the difference between English and Western horseback riding? In English riding, the rider takes the reins in both hands and uses them to control the speed and direction of the horse through the mouth. In Western riding, on the other hand, the rider uses a single hand to hold the reins.
Is English or Western riding harder? English riding involves a bit more balance and coordination of the reins and legs, so riders may not feel immediately secure in the saddle. The larger Western saddle makes it easier for the beginner to sit comfortably and feel more secure.
How do you ride an English style horse?