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Equitours offers a number of adventures where western style riding predominates though usually riders have the choice of either Western or English saddles. Good riding is much the same with both styles of riding and experienced riders can quickly adapt from one style to the other. Whether Western or English the rider needs to have a secure seat and have the upper body well balanced over the stirrup. The most important difference is probably that western horses are trained to neck rein and to move more independently using his good natural instincts on a looser rein over broken terrain in pursuit of uncooperative cows. The Western saddle was originally designed for roping cows with a high cantle and horn in front to hold the lariat. Neck reining is needed because the cowboy has to keep one hand free for roping. Polo ponies are trained the same way. The apparel traditionally associated with Western riding is different also with high heeled boots to insure that a foot won’t be caught in the stirrups, chaps to protect the legs from brush, a bandana to filter out the dust and wide brimmed hats as shade from the strong sun. Most of these traditions are worth preserving, but these days we suggest that you substitute a hard hat for the sombrero. Today Western riding has fans in many parts of the world and our western riding vacations have become extremely popular.