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NZ Western Riding Federation

 

"Looking for something new? Come try Western"

 

The sport of western riding

Western riding originated in the United States of America, and is based on the style of riding adopted by working horsemen who would spend hours in the saddle locating, roping and branding cattle.

Not only did their horse need to demonstrate excellent cow 'sense', it had to remain calm and relaxed whilst covering large distances, negotiating obstacles such as gullies and bridges, and above all conserve energy.

The saddle used on these horses needed to be comfortable for the rider and spread weight evenly over the horse's back. Fully trained horses were ridden with one hand so as to leave the roping arm free, and the horse was expected to work reasonably independently of the rider, following its training and natural ability to anticipate the movements of cattle to make the rider's job easier.

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