Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: In Sunny, HOT and HUMID S.C.
Have ridden both. Last time I rode English was two years ago on borrowed tack. Prefer the endurance style based loosely on the McClellen. Sort of a Western without a horn and less skirt.
More comfortable for me and after the years spent doing long distance rides, 100+ miles, over several days I'ver realized that my horses prefered the (properly fitted) Western tree saddles for long rides. Probably because it displaces the rider's weight over a larger area.
Not good for jumping though. Although I've seen some of the plantation style saddles that looked like an interesting cross and could work well for a comfortable long ride and for jumping. Haven't tried one yet.