I like the thigh blocks. I think one thing that is going to be coming out more and more is a lighter leather so you can feel your legs against the horse. As a dressage rider who has ridden in dressage saddles, then went to a western one with a different horse, I hate that I can't feel my legs on the horse due to all that leather in a traditional western saddle. I am still considering the Circle Y saddle even though it is ugly. I wish it said it has a narrow twist, which I don't think it does. Charles Wilhelm has one he calls his cowgirl dressage saddle, which I think has the narrow twist but it's more expensive, if you can believe it. I think more saddlers will come up with something soon. Right now it seems to be just a few who are starting to come up with this new , sort of hybrid saddle.