Advise for a more secure trail saddle?
Recently I got a lot of very helpful ideas on how to feel more safe going down steep hills on my OTTB. One thing that was mentioned was feeling more secure after moving from an English saddle to an endurance or Western saddle. I've read a lot in other threads about some of the difficulties folks have had moving from English to Western eg. a different feel, a "chair seat" vs. a centered seat, hard to post. I also know some folks have felt way more secure and loved having made the move to a Western/Endurance.
I've been very impressed with the uiformly positive reviews I've seen of Dixieland saddles. They are made to order, fiberglass molds of various types and sizes of trees are sent to be tried and photos sent back the Dixieland. They have a plantation model with English syle flaps and English style leathers. When I look at the "deep pocket" seat it seems like it could provide a lot more security, yet seems so very different from the dressage saddle I now use. They can make a more flat seat by order and can set the leathers back one inch. Yet that may take away from the security I'm seeking.
Any thoughts anyone is willing to share, along with experiences with saddles?
Thanks so much in helping me in my quest to practice "the art of keeping the horse between me and the ground." ;):