An English saddle is a type of riding saddle used for horseback riding. It typically has a flat seat, and no horn or pommel like on western saddles. The design promotes close contact between the rider and the horse, allowing for better balance and communication while riding.
English saddles are designed to evenly distribute the rider’s weight across their hips, enabling them to ride with an increased sense of control over their mount. They also feature long stirrups that provide more stability than other types of saddle when galloping or jumping fences.
A properly fitted English saddle is important as it provides support to both the rider’s legs and back while in motion, while still limiting pressure exerted on the horse's back which can lead to sores or bucking behavior if not managed correctly. This makes choosing a well-fitting model essential in order to ensure proper safety for both parties involved in any equestrian activity!