Originally Posted by tinyliny
I ride dressage sometimes in my western saddle. They arent' so different. It's HOW you ride. As long as you can drape your leg down in a soft manner (don't brace into the stirrup) you can get a near dressage type seat in a western saddle. But, you would need a new bit and would be riding two handed.
It is really a great foundation for any type of riding and will improve your western riding. I started in dressage and now ride western, which has improved my riding overall. They all interrelate.
This is very true, I don't have the extra money to buy a good dressage saddle so I ride in my western saddle. My horse is very good at both now...I ride two handed with a snaffle as I don't show and he seems to like it better than a shank bit anyway.