Join Date: May 2012
Location: CT USA an English transplant
The most I've done with a western saddle is try one out for comfort - couldn't say that it was more comfortable at all - maybe less!!!
I've never gotten used to having a horn to hang onto so not something I miss - but we trail ride too, steep uphill and steep downhill and not a problem for me. A pony we had in the UK for a long time used to enjoy galloping flat out down steep banks and hills.
I guess its something you get used too
It wouldn't hurt to try a cut back english saddle - its not like you'd have to buy it if it didn't feel right