Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: NW Pennsylvania
There is no reason why you can't ride an english horse in a western saddle. English vs. western is about how the horse is trained to MOVE. You could get used to this new horse's canter while using a western saddle because that's what you are more comfortable with. When you get more confident about cantering your new horse then start introducing the english saddle. I had a horse that I showed in saddle seat. western, hunt seat, and dressage. I always worked her in my hunt saddle and usually ran through all movement styles with her in one training session. (headset higher for saddle seat, low and slow for westen, somewhere in between for hunts seat, and long and low (not slow) for dressage). I know another lady who showed saddle seat but always used her western saddle in the winter and she'd shown horses for 50 years. She felt more secure in the western saddle especially when her horses didn't get worked as often in the winter. The tack doesn't matter its how youre working with the horse to move. You should get to the point where you CAN use your english saddle to canter, but there's no reason you can't use your western at first. I started lessons for english years ago and I was used to western saddle. It does feel weird to canter in english tack when you're not used to it. Good Luck.