No matter what type of tack you are using, a balanced seat is a balanced seat. English saddle, western saddle, aussie saddle, no saddle - it makes no difference...
I strongly disagree. There are a variety of seats, varying with tack and one's goal. Thus a jumper does not use the same seat at a cutter, because the tack and goal differ. A cutter who used the same approach as a jumper would not get a good or even decent performance out of his horse. A jumper using the approach of a cutter would be off balance for jumping. Neither uses the same approach as a barrel racer.
English saddle tree:
Western saddle tree:
Since the tree is reasonably rigid, the ideal is to have your weight so the pressure is distributed evenly. But since they are different shapes, that can result in a different position.
In addition to the tree itself, the 'ground' of a western saddle will influence the rider's position. I like a fairly flat western saddle seat:
The western saddle my daughter likes is quite different:
We ride with a different position in part because we like different saddles, and they just do not ride the same. And neither rides like my Australian saddle:
And those 3 ride different from my English saddle:
The saddle is an interface that distributes weight on the horse's back. They do not do so identically, and thus cannot be ridden balanced in an identical position.
Further, riding is about motion, not sitting still. So the desired motion and behavior of the horse changes how you should ride. If your horse is likely to make sudden stops, your best position would not be a dressage position - but then, a horse who suddenly slams on the brakes without being asked won't do well in dressage. But if Mia notices a rattlesnake on our path, I'm quite happy to deal with HER deciding to put on the brakes. She can consult with me later...
MY western saddle allows me a lot of freedom in leg placement. My daughter's allows none. Neither one distributes weight like an English saddle does, and neither allows the close contact with the lower leg than an English or even Australian design does.
None is right or wrong, but they are different. http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/ind...oulder-blades/ http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/ind...nglish-part-1/ http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/ind...nglish-part-3/