Here's my thoughts on my topic hehe.
I started Lizzy western.
Why? You may ask...
Simply because it is easier to: one; break the horse in a western saddle, two; it is easier (for me) to ride in a western saddle, and three; teach the horse in an o-ring and go from little to no contact to lightweight contact on the mouth.
Lizzy, just before fair (August of '08), started getting worked English. I only rode her one time English before fair, other than that, every single time I rode (I got her in June) I rode western with the o-ring snaffle. I haven't worked her English since fair, until today. And she was phenomenal. She understood all of my cues and she LOPED when I asked and CANTERED when I asked.
I feel it is easier to get the horse collected in a western saddle, thus preparing her and me for English.
Catch my flow?