Hi: Don't ride anymore, but did for many many years. Have moved to town and had to sell my horse. This last horse I had was 1/2 Tennessee Walker/1/4 horse. The best horse I ever had. He was a dream to ride. Had a horse when I was 4 yrs old. I never did the English/classic as you mentioned. I just rode, bareback for many many years. Had to learn to ride in a western saddle when I was 38 yrs old. It was a real joke. Had a sore butt more then than when I rode bareback.
Did alot of riding in the mountain for more than 20 yrs. That was awesome, climbing mountains, going places where only horses could go, seen so much wild life, herds of wild horses (kept our distance, always a stud in herd), including grizzlies, which was scary, but we never had any mishaps. Its something I wish would have never ended. If my husband was alive we would still be doing it.
Good luck and enjoy.