which western saddle, reining vs barrel vx equitation
I have decided to buy a new saddle. I have a western Wintec and everyone seems to agree that it is more slippery than a leather saddle and has a shallow cantle. I have been riding in a Marlene McCrae barrel saddle recently and feel very comfortable in it. But it is borrowed so I need my own. I have gotten so many opinions from our trainers on what kind to get my head is swimming. I have been told that the barrel saddle will be more likely to help me stay in the saddle on a trail ride if the horse spooks and spins but does not lend itself as well to a good seat as it puts the legs too far forward. The person giving me lessons says I look fine seat wise in the M.McCrae saddle so I guess I could stick with a barrel saddle if it is safer but I feel like I have to concentrate a lot on sitting up straight and keeping my legs under me. I tried out some equitation saddles at the used store and felt like they sat me more upright and that felt kind of comfortable as well but the person there did say I might be more likely to fall forward in that kind of saddle if a problem arose (which is something I have a tendency to do). Another person is telling me to get a reining saddle for safety and posture. Sorry for the long post but if any one can clear it up for me it is the people on Horse Forum!