Yes, the weight is carried in the stirrups and ;its easier to 2 point also. This does not result in a sore horse. These saddles have been around for 50 years and they are highly recommended. When one goes on sale which is rare they are sold pretty quickly and for almost what the cost was. It puts the rider in a balanced position (as if you were riding bareback) so how can that be hard on the horse.For example, If you sit in the middle of a see saw you would be balanced and not feel the back and forth movement. This is the same philosophy and I feel more secure and yes my weight is in the stirrups which gives me better balance. There are other saddle makers that make their saddles the same way. Boz is one of them. Out of calif. And Fallis is out of Montana. They are following a Monte Forman method. Just because it is not the norm doesn't mean that it ;is not right. Reining saddles are up front too , these are just a little further up front. Go on the Boz saddlery site and there is a video you can watch .
There a alot of different saddles out there and you can't really put them down unless you really know what your talking about.