Tiny, I haven't tried riding in an English saddle yet. We're using an English saddle 'cuz I can't lift a Western saddle up onto Aires' back (tore my rotator cuff a year and a half ago and haven't been able to get it fixed), but I can lift the English saddle just fine. That and I don't like Western saddles (never have, to be honest), so it was either English or Australian and no one had an Aussie saddle I could borrow until I could get one of my own (which won't be until Aires' stops growing because I really don't want to have to buy a new saddle every year
Alrighty, so I will get a pair of half chaps. I actually like the way they look and they seem like they'd protect my lower legs from branches and such (had that problem when I went for my last trail ride when I rented a horse from the BO...my legs kept getting snagged by branches 'cuz in places the trail was not quite as wide as the horse I was riding, who wasn't all that wide to begin with).