I had this old English saddle getting fixed, and I was planning on getting some Wintec Webbers to go with it. The barn I ride at (the BO makes saddles and is repairing mine) they had another old English saddle in the tack room (mine was my cousin's and is +20 years old but still in surprisingly good shape). This is a leather saddle, would the Webbers scratch/ damage the leather? I'm not really concerned about surface scratches because I def. Won't be showing (I am a Western rider and just want to ride in this saddle for fun and get some variety into my rides)?
Another question: Is it a big deal if the saddle is too big? I'm not sure how big it is, but I normally ride in a 14 inch Western saddle but I can fit into a 16 inch (leg length wise). When I had the BO look at the saddle, he said it had a big tree, but he didn't mention anything about if it would be too big for me (mind you I never asked, I wasn't aware if it made a difference). Would it be bad if it was a bit too big? I'm not planning on doing any serious English riding, just basically riding the same as I always do but in a different saddle; maybe see if I can go over some really tiny jumps (like 6 inches to so- about the height of a small bucket).
One more thing: any tips on riding in that saddle? I have been doing Western for 3 years (did English for 2 years before that), and I'm a bit nervous that I'm going to fall off or something or that I won't be able to keep my balance (but I think I have pretty good balance [not bragging just saying I can hold my balance bareback/in the saddle well]). I've never fallen off before, so the thought kind of scares me :/