It does feel a little hard in the seat, but I'm planning on getting a seat cushion anyways - it's a 16" and I really should be in a 15" so the padding should help fix that, and plus I'm planning on putting around 400 competition miles on this saddle this year, so it'd better be comfortable! My first impression of the shape, though, was that I did like it and felt comfortable with it. I felt like it put my body into a good position and I could move around.
I'm SO glad it at least looks like a good fit initially. I'm going to be having my instructor as well as my mentor out to check the fit, but that won't be until Saturday at the soonest and I've been crossing my fingers and praying this saddle would fit. We had such a disaster after last year's saddle did some damage to his back, but luckily it was caught soon enough to prevent it from becoming something major.
I was thinking about using just the front ring as well, but want to experiment more. Looking at the pictures, it doesn't seem like the cinch moved too much, and I actually had it somewhat loose. I'm not used to those nylon latigos and have never ridden this boy with a western cinch, even though I was raised riding western haha. And his belly is going to lean up more for the endurance season - like I said, he's had quite a bit of time off since last September.