In answer to MCFITZ2, yes, there is now a western dressage:
Though the reason I am using my western saddle is because that is the one that fits, and in my tiny fleet of saddles it is 3 endurance saddles two western and three dressage saddles that fit almost no horses I own. So, I use the one that fits. It has fit her well for over 400 conditioning miles this year, and for the 80 miles in competition at our endurance events.
If I ever decide to show her in dressage, I will have to begin the unicorn hunt for a dressage saddle that actually fits her and doesn't cost as much as a used car. Anddddd... I just don't see that happening soon. Between putting up the barn, my suv transmission deciding to give up the ghost and a dozen other little things.... I can't afford to buy a dressage saddle that would fit her. And truly, in my experience, chasing saddle fit can be a bit like trying to find a magical unicorn. For right now I ride in an Ortho Flex western saddle with a Toklat T3 pad and it works, so I'm not messing with it. Jim joked with me and I was like, seriously! YES to that- he said "Well lucky for you there is western dressage now so you won't really look out of place. People will just think you are doing western dressage."
Yesterday I lunged Grace's sire, he unfortunately has DSLD, we did not know that until a few years ago, though he is doing SO much better than last year, and it was great to see him be able to do light work yesterday, he is the most intelligent horse and so gifted. He is a gelding now, and I'm happy for it as this way he gets to be out with other horses. I also saddled up our draft cross and worked him a bit- everyone else kinda took a back seat to Grace this year, and now that her competition is done, I can start working with them again. I can tell you when I ride Jr, my heart SINGS. Just completely SINGS. Today I am taking Grace out for a leisure trail ride with a friend who have have harassed into getting out and riding. Life has made horses take a backseat for her this year, and I am trying to do what I would want her to do for me, and that is pester me until I was back in the saddle. SO I am up super early, already put the roast on for dinner at 5 am this morning, so Jim can have it for lunch & dinner to keep him fed and warm as he works on the stalls today. Dishes all done, daughter going to grandma's today, dropping her off on the way and I am meeting my friend at 8:30 to ride out this morning. It is a beautiful autumn day; the kind that do not come around very often.
I better go get breakfast now, turkey bacon, eggs and a sweet potato, then off to do chores and ride. I love days like this, they are rare & I will completely treasure them.