Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Yes, it is POSSIBLE to stay on a horse with a variety of saddles. The question is, "Do some saddle types make it easier to stay on the horse?"
And as someone with regular, current practice at being off-balanced in a saddle, a deep western or Aussie saddle will give most people more help at staying on if and when they start to lose their balance.
It is possible to barrel race in an English saddle, but most do not. Maybe it is because barrel racers don't care about saving weight in their saddles. Or maybe it is because barrel racing saddles help a person stay on when the horse is rapidly accelerating, turning, and stopping - something their sport demands. And that is something most beginning riders or occasional riders can appreciate.
Folks can ride bareback over jumps, but most find a saddle easier.