Originally Posted by iridehorses
I would get a good ranch saddle. They are typically high cantle, deep seated saddles that are made to take a beating. I prefer one built on an A fork tree because I find that they fit a better variety of horses. I can ride mine for 5 or 6 hours without any discomfort - and it's a hard seat (not cushioned).
This is the one I ride: Attachment 85348
That saddle looks extremely comfortable even with the hard seat.
I'll have to keep an eye out for a good ranch saddle.
I do agree with barrel saddles being a little more fragile. But they aren't made to do what a rope or ranch saddle does.