I've never ridden in a Western saddle, so I've got no idea how it is. The position must be a lot different, right? I'm from a country where there's no legit opportunities to learn Western, apart from a couple of string ride places who use Western saddles for beginner trail rides, but that doesn't count. It's all English or nothing. A pity, though, because I'd love to try out some Western disciplines with my gelding - he seems to have a nick for cutting, for example, as he's a natural when it comes to herding around and cutting other animals away from their groups.
I suppose that loping means the same as cantering, just a bit slower, right? If so, I'm absolutely sure you'll love it on Walter. It's my favorite gait, although my boy still faces a lot of schooling regarding canter. :) He's eager, but a bit unbalanced and can be a little hard to stop in trails once we hit higher speeds, as he's a speed freak and would love just to gallop all day long, if given the choice.
I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.