Of all things, learning to ride in a dressage saddle :). I am a 30+ yr hunter/jumper rider whose nerves finally caught up with her age. I found out I actually LIKED dressage and had a horse who was decent but not great at it. Knowing I could ride the lower levels in a hunt saddle, never really intending to get too high in the levels, at the time, I continued to use my very flat hunt saddle..plain flap and no knee rolls. I attempted, once, to ride in a dressage saddle and at first outset couldn't post worth a darn..my balance in that saddle was gone, so, I stayed with my hunt saddle. Then, the next horse had a rolling canter that I couldn't sit in my hunt saddle, but, I was remembering what happened with the dressage saddle and was afraid of the lack of balance until, I, uhm, "got used to his movements." So, I went and got an event saddle to help me sit the canter and still have the balance I needed at the trot...again, just until I got used to things. Well, circumstances being what they are I never did get the dressage saddle onto the second horse and being in between horses I figured it was time to cut the hunter umbilical cord and learn to ride in a dressage saddle; fairly important if I want to get to those higher levels. So, today was the first shot and I was pleasantly surprised. I not only had no balance issues but I even dropped my irons a hole. What I am guessing is that the change to a dressage saddle from a completely flat hunt saddle was too much of a change. The switch from event to dressage saddle, however, was much less noticeable.