My very first ride in my Aussie saddle was a three and a half hour trail ride over rocky, hilly terrain. We spent the entire three and a half hours in the saddle with no breaks. I was riding my greenbroke 2.5-year-old draft cross. When we got back, I was worried that my legs would be numb/rubbery like they are when I ride for any length of time in a western saddle. Guess what? I hopped down from that saddle and felt like I hadn't spent any time in it at all! Took the saddle of Aires and checked his sweat pattern and it fit him like a glove. I will NEVER get rid of this saddle. I might make a couple of tweaks to it (need new leathers and I want to add an overgirth to it since it is rigged western and I hate it), but it's not going anywhere. I don't care that I get funny looks and the BO makes fun of me for it.