03-22-2010, 12:17 PM
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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.