General Feed & Seed is dedicated to the equestrian riding community, offering information on horse riding, the best prices on riding apparel, and tips on horse care to keep your horse healthy and looking good.
We have dress and casual boots, chaps, saddles, saddle pads and casual wear for any occasion. Whether you are shopping for Western riding apparel, casual wear, horse tack, or that perfect gift for that “hard to shop for” someone, General Feed & Seed is your only source for riding tack, saddles and apparel. Below, we’ve included some information about western riding.
The Western riding style developed according to the needs of ‘cowboys’. The Western saddle is made to distribute weight more evenly over the horse’s back so horse and rider can counterbalance the weight of a roped cow. The seat of a Western saddle is comfortable for long hours over rough terrain. The horn anchors a lariat when roping cattle.
Western horses tend to be compact and traditionally capable of steady travel all day with small bursts of speed to chase stray cattle.
The most distinctive element of western riding is the western hat. Western style helmets are available. A comfortable shirt, jeans and Western style boots complete the look. Many Western riders opt to wear sporty looking helmets, even when showing.
Western riders will learn how to hold the reins with one hand, called neck reining, and sit the trot. English riders will learn to direct rein and post the trot. As you progress you will learn to cue and control your horse for different speeds within each gait, and other skills you’ll need to participate in various disciplines. If you plan to compete, you’ll need to learn to braid or band a mane, pull a tail, and other grooming details depending on what you are competing in.
Pleasure and Equitation Classes