I will start with a little background...I have been riding in western for nearly 13 years. I have plenty of horse experience, and have taught horsemanship, riding lesson and have done some training. I am a confident and quiet rider and am very comfortable in my western saddles, and have never really considered riding English. However, for Christmas I was given a very beautiful older English saddle. And I can honestly say that I have no idea what it is. It didn't come with a cinch or pad, and now I am just itching to try it, or any English saddle for that matter.
So my question is what kind of saddle is best for learning in and is best for pleasure riding.