Yeh no way I would use english if there was a choice. Western rigged ll the way. Simpler, just ring on the saddle on each side.
1. Suitable western girths for the trail are easier to find and cheaper
2. No billet straps to wear out that you can't replace. Tie straps are easy to replace.
3 much greater leverage in the tie strap easier to adjust.
4. Infinite adjustability. MY Aussi english style billets have two holes in them, one is called too loose, and the other is too tight to get the buckle tongue in.