Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
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I think it's a very personal preference sort of thing. It's whatever you're comfortable in. I have always loved pancake saddles. I feel like they let me move around to help the horse and let me find my best position for the situation. I also like that I feel like I can bail out easily in a fall.
My sister-in-law hates my pancake saddles. She feels like she can't find and keep her position, and she feels like she's going to slide right off at any moment.
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.