As you begin your search for a saddle, I can not emphasize enough to begin with saddle fitting. That is one of the reasons I use Crest Ridge Saddlery. They begin with saddle fitting.
With all due respect to Charlene1985, there is a difference between stock saddles and saddles set for gaited horses. The angle of the bars in front averages 90-91 degrees for gaited horses and 92-94 degrees for stock horses. There is variation within the horses, so some gaited horses do well in stock saddles and vice versa, but the average gaited horse will do better in a gaited saddle. Many gaited horse breeds are shorter in the back than the average stock horse and do better with shorter rounded skirts. Many gaited horses also so better with a flared tree in front to allow for great freedon for the scapula to move as many gaited horses have greater extension in front, hence more movement of the scapula.
You should also remember that a horses shape changes with age and conditioning. A good saddle fitter can make allowances for a horse that is likely to lose weight, bulk up or mature to improve the chances that a saddle will fit properly over a longer period of time.
So any way, we use Crest Ridge saddles. Our experiance is that they offer superior value in terms of saddle fitting assistance, quality of construction, customer service and price. We have never had a quality problem with any of the Crest Ridge saddles we have owened. We have used them for AERC endurance riding, trail riding and shows. We have also owned Timber Ridge, Imus, Orthoflex and Circle Y saddles. We have found Crest Ridge to be superior to any of them.
There are several good saddle makers out there. We've been satisfied customer's of Crest Ridge since 2003. So much so, that I started taking care of their web site last year.