Agreed. English is a lot differant than western as far as seat and such goes. The saddles are differant and each require differant positions and differant ques depending on what you want to do. There are some english things restricted in a western saddle and vice versa.
Two differant styles, two differant saddles, two differant ways to ride.
My daugther (8) started taking riding lesson about 6 weeks ago, and I want her to learn english, but everytime I we go to have our lesson, the riding teacher has the horse tacked up in western saddle, so I asked her why and she told me that the Western saddle would be more stable to sit on. It just seems odd to me.
In the beginning, it doesn't matter much what saddle you use, the basics of learning how to sit on a horse and balance yourself, how to steer, stop, back, cue a gait change, etc are all the same. Once you get a handle on the basics, then you can start looking at disciplines like English and Western. English saddles are harder to sit on and to find your center of balance in, but if you generally know how to do it (from sitting in the western saddle) its much easier.
The bare basics are the same, but I find it weird that she would do that. It makes much more sense to just start kids in an english saddle if that's how they want to ride. What's going to happen when she finally switches? The kid will be scared because they've been relying on the crutch of the western saddle. So they'll basically have to learn how to sit all over again. They should be learning balance from the very beginning, they shouldn't be given anything that makes them just a passenger on a horse. That's why some stables start kids out bareback, so they can learn to balance with the horse without the interference of the saddle.
Seems like a lot of wasted lessons to me.
Also: If this was a situation where it was the only saddle available, I could see using a western saddle. But if you are paying for ENGLISH lessons, it should be on an english saddle. That's what was advertised and offered, it's absurd it would be western.
Yep, if you want your daughter to learn to ride a balanced English seat, she needs to learn in an English saddle.
The seat positions are completely different for Western and English. I exhaust myself trying to get into a 'proper' English position every time I ride in a Western saddle. I don't enjoy myself, and feel awkward as heck!
If your daughter needs a little help in the balancing department, they do make grab straps that hook onto English saddles. No reason for your little one to ride Western if she doesn't want to.