I have been riding very informal English and just have a western and aussie saddle around because the men in the house don't like English. Anyway, the western saddle I found is the first I've been comfortable on and have from time to time, taken out my girl in that.
Now, either the western saddle fits better, "sets" better or I ride better with it, because I think I'm getting a better trot, better canter/gallop (definitely no "lope" happening yet!), than I was with the English saddle.
Here's what I notice I do differently: in the western, I have more weight in the stirrups and maybe I have my feet a bit further forward. There might be more, but since I ride alone, it's hard to critique.
Does anyone else have any experience with this? Also, I was riding with a french link, but have gone back to the hollow snaffle I started her on 2 years ago. Should I consider a traditional western style curb bit, or "is it OK" to ride western with a snaffle? I should add that she is still learning that "go faster" doesn't mean "don't stop!" but she's much better than she was.
Maybe this is too much for one post, but any input is appreciated. Thanks.