So this will be a bit broad, because I'm really not sure what I want. All I know is I want a treeless (MAYBE a Specialized) saddle. This is the first year me and my boy have done endurance. I've grown up riding western, but he (a full Arab) didn't fit my western saddle, so I picked up a cheap English saddle that fit and adapted to it. It's worked pretty well, and I love how much lighter they are. I'm comfortable either way, but lately I've just been riding in the English saddle. However, we finally did our first 50, and his back was sore for the first time. Time for a new saddle!
He's going to keep changing shape, especially since I've been working to put more weight on him. And I have a quarter horse colt (not riding yet and will be minimal for a while), and would rather not have to get two saddles to fit them. So, I've decided to get one saddle that will adapt to both, hence wanting either a treeless or Specialized saddle. My primary goal is to fit my Arabian because he's the one getting ridden the most and doing endurance, and I just need a saddle that works at minimum for breaking my colt in the next year or so. We'll get a second saddle for him that fits him and my husband when he's (the horse!) is broke. For now, though, just the one saddle for me. I've been trying out a Ghost and like it, but am not entirely sold on it, and think I could get something I like better for the price.
So what do you suggest? Here's my requirements:
1) Under $1000 (so most likely used), but I could go a little higher for the perfect saddle - this is an investment!
2) Fits my Arab perfectly, but is adaptable enough to fit my colt
3) My Arab does have withers, and I can post pictures of his shape
4) I have a HAF pad that works with the English saddle and would like something that fits it
5) Knee rolls are preferable
7) No horn
Some of the names I've been thinking about are Freeform, Barefoot, Ghost, Bob Marshall, and of course the Specialized... but I just don't know enough about them to get serious about buying one, especially if I have to order it sight unseen over the internet. In the meantime, I'll be using the Ghost since I can borrow it, and maybe it'll win me over, but for the $1300 it would cost me, I want to make sure I'm getting the RIGHT saddle. Thanks!