Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Northern Nevada
I think it depends on what you're used to, more than anything else. If you're used to riding in an English saddle, and new to trails, then keeping the same saddle means just one less new thing to deal with. But my much-more-experienced riding buddy will switch between English & endurance-style saddles.
I didn't want a real western saddle, as they seemed (to a novice, anyway) to all be too heavy and have decorations & stuff, plus I couldn't see the point of a horn if I'm not going to be roping calves. Got one of the Abetta Endurance models instead - fairly light (17 lbs), and no decoration. But I only do trail riding - so far, anyway!