I started shooting a little while ago and my current saddle is not competition legal. What do you all shoot in? I've looked at the Martin Shooter, but its a little pricey. I started looking at barrel saddles, but I can't seem to find any types with the tipped forward horn I'm looking for. Thanks in advance.
What do you mean "not competition legal"? I never heard there are limitations for what western saddle you want to use. Certainly, there are saddle designed to make the competition easier, like deep seats, bear trap trees, and such, but these are just helpful, not required, IME.
If you can't dump a ton of money take a look at corrientes saddles. There are several on the forum that have them and are very happy. They say it's a really decent saddle for under 1000 bucks. All leather and semi custom. Wide selection of tree types but not necessarily a wide range of tree sizes. I think just fqhb.