Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Wide Open North Dakota, USA
I understand the gaited saddle conundrum. I was trying to find a saddle for my fox trotter mare for a long time. You can ask a lot of people on here pretty sure they got sick of me. Anyways, go to Dixieland Gaited saddles as was already suggested. I caved and am getting a custom one made and while its expensive, its going to be SO worth it!
wait to buy or get the horse fitted though until it isn't a balloon. otherwise you might get a saddle that fits when the horse is a tub of lard with legs and then when the horse is in shape the saddle doesnt fit at all.
if the horse works well in a hackamore, keep it in one. No need to change it if all you are doing is leisure riding!
You have to learn how to fall before you can learn how to ride~