Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Both types are good, and researching on your own you can find out the physical differences. Seat types, tree differences, different horse fits, fenders, leathers, horns, thigh rolls. Each excel at their own purposes but I imagine you're looking for just a casual saddle.
To me, there are good and bad varieties of each type. I have to sit in them to know. I love some westerns and I love some Australian stock saddles, but I can't ride in others of both types. I find with westerns that they can be too wide for me, and I find that stock saddles are often too constrictive and have the stirrups hung too far forward.
Go sit in some to make up your mind.