The Western saddle is larger in size and spreads the rider’s weight over a larger surface area of the horse, making it slightly more comfortable and ideal for longer trails.
Is an English saddle better than a Western saddle?
English saddles are much lighter and have fewer bells and whistles than their western counter-parts. There is less leather between you and the horse, and therefore you can ‘feel’ the horse more. The lack of additional leather also gives you more mobility so you can maintain the proper posture for jumping.
Which is the most comfortable Western saddle?
Wintec Western Trail Saddle – This synthetic saddle is ideal for all trail riding conditions. Thanks to EZ fold fenders this saddle is easy to use and perfect for long rides. The seat is padded with memory foam to provide ultimate comfort while riding.
Should I ride English or Western?
You can expect a smaller, lighter saddle in the English world and a larger saddle when riding western. You’ll also notice one with a saddle horn and the other without. Sometimes, western saddles will have a more plush, comfortable seat. English riding tends to have a closer contact feel.
How do you tell if your Western saddle fits you?
Two fingers should fit between the swells of the saddle and your leg. If you can fit your whole hand, the saddle is too big and you could flop around instead of being secure. If you can’t even squeeze a finger, the saddle is too tight, and will be very uncomfortable.
How to Properly Saddle Your Horse
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