Someone told me riding English trail riding is not safe. Is this true? Would it be better to get an endurance saddle instead?
After trying yet another saddle on Chili, I began to wonder if my riding skills had just - diminished - over the years. So, I rode her bareback today and did oh so much better. I didn't lose my seat, kept rhythm with her movement and felt so much more in control. I realized it was due to my leg pressure. In a Western saddle, I have never been able to manage to use leg pressure. I think it's because I learned to ride English. In fact, when I trot in a Western saddle, I immediately want to post - ESPECIALLY - when I'm in a too small saddle (like the one I bought recently) and get jostled around. I cannot seem to keep my seat in a Western saddle. I do not know if it's because the seat is too small, therefor causing me issues, or if it's because I just can't get the hang of it?? I did fine last summer at the stable where I volunteered using their saddles. I'm *assuming* it's the saddle seat, not the fact that I just can't ride! LOL As I said, I kinda confirmed that with riding her bareback today.
But if I'm more comfortable riding English - is there a problem using one on a trail??