I rode 90% bareback and 10% English as a kid. When I got Arrow, I had an English saddle for awhile, but it bridged on him. I rode in a bareback pad, no stirrups, for 10 months, but he's high-withered and I worried about the band around his spine. I've switched over to western since the bars distribute weight over a larger area, and I weigh about 155. I'm currently eagerly awaiting a saddle that I had custom built just for his hard to fit back that will be endurance style--the one thing I hate about western is that darn horn hitting either my wrists or my stomache. Horns are meant for hold cows only, I think!