I am comfortable bareback
I always rode English. Now I have a quarter horse. I got a western saddle. It is comfortable except for the stirrups. They are stiff.
I started riding bareback indoors for my seat. I have a very big horse. When I sit on him bareback I am right behind his withers. I wrap my legs around his barrel. Leg aids are easy. I feel very safe. I can do spins without moving. :D
I put the saddle on him yesterday. Because he has big shoulders I put the saddle behind the blades. It sits there naturally. I think it is too far back from center. I am sitting back about 6 inches from where I sit bareback. I can not wrap my legs around him. Leg aids are harder. I do not feel as secure. I am not sitting around him. I am sitting on him.
I told everyone I do not know western saddles. English saddles are thin and close to the horse. Is this the way western saddles feel? Am I putting the saddle too far back?