I found out my old English saddle had a crack all the way through the front of the tree (what can I expect, it was +20 years old), but I am still thinking about using an English saddle. I don't think I want to go for an all purpose/jumping saddle because the flaps get caught on my boots and I'm not going to be jumping (maybe a few hops here and there over a little tiny jump). I was thinking about getting a dressage saddle; do those support the lower back at all? I'm a Western rider and I do enjoy that lower back support; would the dressage saddle offer that support/more relaxed seat than a jumping saddle?
P.S. I FINALLY jumped over Thanksgiving break! I attended my barn's advanced rider camp and we did an obstacle course and there was a little 'jump' that we had to go over (walk over it), it is only about 9 inches tall or so, not that high at all. After I finished the course I trotted over it, or tried, the horse trotted up and walked over it, lol. I trotted again from the other direction and she jumped it! She cantered out and then the gate hit her butt and she freaked out a little, but I was already one rein stopping her so it was all good :) I was SOSOSO happy that I got to jump, and, my gosh, it was so much fun, even though it was tiny I hope I can do it some more :)