Originally Posted by iridehorses
Goodness gracious no. In fact, I think Western saddles are more difficult to fit. Not only do you need to consider gullet width, but bar angle and skirt length. There have been numerous threads concerning saddle fit.
I agree. Western saddles are like putting a 4 legged chair on the horse's back. Because of all the padding we think they fit. English saddles on a whole I feel fit better then a western. I personally ride western and all my saddles are custom made for the horse. They start with bare trees that are fit to his back and built from there.
If your horse seems ok with your western then continue to use it but if you are heavy weight and spend alot of time in the saddle then it should be fit to him personally.
I feel these people that need to longe their horse before riding might have a saddle fit problem and the lunging only gets the horse use to that thing digging into his back.