I've always ridden English, but the horse I lease does Western too. I don't know why but I chose a western saddle to go on a hack (I haven't been on one before, although I've ridden for a long time). I was sooo glad I did after going up and down steep hills. The problem is, I don't feel as balanced in a western saddle, especially at the canter. I sure like the horn though. Do any of you hack out and use a neck strap for balance up steep inclines?