Originally Posted by freia
On a wide horse, I definitely prefer the pancake saddles. When I get a saddle with a deep seat and pads and blocks on a wide-body, I end up feeling like I'm doing the splits and lose contact with the horse.
On a super-narrow horse, I kind of like the pads and block, because the added bulk gives me something to wrap my legs around so my legs don't feel like they're hanging straight down the sides.
i agree with this! When I started riding every saddle I rode in had no blocks/knee rolls/etc. and I find I prefer it that was especially on the "rounder" horses. But even my dressage saddle doesn't have much of a knee roll so I just naturally tend to go for the less "bulk".