10-19-2010, 11:56 PM
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You'll be fine to use the western saddle while getting HER basics down in flat work. You could ever start her over ground poles, but for YOU to be getting the basics down and get your position correct before you start jumping, you will need to get an english saddle.
You won't be able to get into the correct 2 point position in a western saddle, and you won't be able to start jumping in one either.
See if you can borrow one until you can afford your own.
You might be able to get away with bareback, but I wouldn't think that would be the best way to learn unless you have awesome balance.