Well hopefully I will have a new horse in my life in the near future, and we all know with new horse comes all new gear, Sooooo,
Specialized : I am friends with a dealer and I know endurance riders like them, but honestly I just wasnt that unpressed with the quality for the price.
Down under Long reach: so far they have been good about fitting my horses with wither tracings, But I really don't like the rigging, and seems to be hard to find asseories that work for Aussie saddles. The two I have ( not a longreach a trailmaster and superior,) The billets are shot, and not really any way to replace them.
Big horn and some of the other midprice brands of endurance saddles seem to max out at 16".
Im really liking stonewalls, at least from the websight never seen one in person,
Crestridge wernt bad but they have proven completely unable to fit a saddle by email, tracings and pictures. So they are out unless I buy in person.
Circle Y high horse, hybrid saddles are ok, and I do have a local dealer so can probably at least make sure it fits before I buy. KInda tired of paying return shipping.
So right now I am thinking High horse, or Specialized as I at least know I can get them to fit, although if I knew it would fit I prefer the crest ridge seat.
In a perfect world my new horse would fit a Tucker medium tree, but umm we know how likely that will be.
So I need, an endurance saddle, for a 15.1 hand egyptian, must be at least 17" western seat, 18 preferred so I can add sheepskin, flat seat, no steep rise in the front, not overly narrow twist. Western girth rigged. Horn irrelevant. Would prefer a dealer in VA,NC, MD or at least one that comes to the expos this fall so I can try on. All opinions good or bad are welcome.