Butterscotch likes to jump.
Butterscotch hates to be ridden English.
Butterscotch likes to be ridden Western.
Butterscotch took me over a jump in Western once.
I was wondering if anyone else supports jumping in a western saddle, and if so, got any tips? If there's not a whole lot of negativity toward the idea, I'm going to set out to buy a back strap for my saddle when I go cinch hunting. He really can't stand the English style. He's a butthole toward everyone in English, but the moment you lean back and sit as if it were a Western saddle, he relaxes and does what you want. That's why I'm wondering about this.
I am planning to try putting a gel pad under the English saddle to see if it helps relieve the problem - it could just be the contact while sitting forward. At the same time, I don't yet know. If he doesn't wanna be an English horse, I'm fine with that, I won't force it. But he likes jumping. I know he does.
If he turns out to be anti-English despite my efforts, I do plan to possibly set out and look for a cheap horse (probably 10 years or older) to do jumping on. I don't like high jumps, so no worries. That same horse will be doubling as my boyfriend's trail horse (if he learns to stop being a prick and learns to be gentler with horses; he was taught the rough route when a horse misbehaves).