Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
A western saddle has a tree that distributes weight over a greater area than an English saddle - particularly toward the rear. There isn't much wrong with sitting the trot in a western saddle, although posting is fine outside of shows.
With an English saddle, my horses get pissy if I sit the trot too long. They accept it, but they aren't happy if I sit there for 10 minutes English.
Western saddle tree:
English saddle tree:
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)