I have a cute Lusitano, a rather small guy, more rangy than round, with a slight roach over his loins. Yep. I’d like to explore western dressage with him, and some trail riding (although I can do that in my dressage saddle).
I have been riding in a dressage saddle that has a forward balance - definitely does not put you back on your pockets at all. The deepest part of the seat is towards the pommel. Stirrup bars are under the seat, not out in front. He likes it. I like it.
I have borrowed a few western saddles from the local consignment store, and he did not like either of them. Ears back, short stride… and to tell the truth I did not like them either. One was a Circle Y the other a Tucker gen II. Both had rather flat seats, but when riding I felt as if my legs were out in front of me and I was on the back of my seatbones.
I find all the various western saddle styles confusing - and yes I have read the websites and links in the other western saddle thread below. It seems no one discusses stirrup placement or how your pelvis “sits” on the seat.
Any suggestions welcome. (Surely there is something out there besides all the au courant “Western Dressage” saddles? )