So Phantomhorse13 and Brighteyes have helped me about riding with an english saddle and understanding as I would like to try it but fear I will get really hurt...I believe mostly it's because of the irons and how they are so small I feel I wouldn't be as secure as I have had some incidents that I have been a close call.
For all those who didn't read I am use to riding in a western saddle or my treeless hybrid saddle. I feel they give me a sense of security incase something happens and I really enjoy that I can really feel my horse underneath me but I would really like to use my wintec as well. It was my xmas present and I've only used it for local shows and in the pasture where I usually ride.
I think I would feel comfortable with caged(not the hooded stirrups)endurance stirrups/irons as they are wider,squishy,and I think it would help me as I am sure my nerves would be up just thinking about the what if my foot slipped through.
Also so you just use a reg. English pad as I imagine these would get soaked with sweat! I finally am able to get my saddle pads up in the gullet without them sliding down...thank goodness as this was driving me crazy!
Here is my endurance saddle..it's technically an treeless english saddle but with western fenders and stirrups. I can change them over to english leathers and irons if I choose.
Here is a picture of my wintec...I will get new updated ones as I have adjusted the fit of it and I don't have the nylon/rubber stirrups leathers anymore so it looks a lot better