The problem I have is that I have weak ankles. I'm working at strengthening them, but right now at the rising trot I tend to accidentally bump the horse with my leg. The western gives my ankles enough support that I don't do it, but I'm still working on it in the English. If I bump Obie he will react to the "cue" I'm giving.
I don't mind buying a western now (preferably under $1000) and a dressage saddle in a six months or so. I will probably keep the western for trail rides, etc. I just don't want a super expensive custom western.
I contacted Cultured Cowboy about pricing for a semi custom saddle.
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