Thanks for your response.
From what I've seen, it seems that some of the newer saddles actually do force people into position. Maybe 'force' is too strong of a word. Maybe it's that they encourage and support position 'more' than other saddles?
To me, if a saddle is supporting 'too much' then the rider will become dependent on that support. If a rider starts in a saddle that provides extra support, then it would seem that that rider is less likely to develop an independent seat.
I've read some similar discussions about dressage saddles. Apparently there are some out there that pretty much only let you sit one way. Again, I would wonder how independent the seat becomes if the saddle is constantly providing that support.
I never liked the really heavily built up western saddles either because of similar issues. Didn't like being shoved into position!
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