I usually use a western style saddle but as I am a newbie at riding and a bit top heavy I often feel very insecure and unstable when going fast or going downhill. I recently tried a cheapie Australian saddle and was amazed at how "locked in" I felt in it.
So now I am on the hunt for something that will be somewhat of a compromise.
I have seen the Clinton Anderson (Martin) saddles that are sort of a cross between Western and Australian and I like the looks but not the PRICE.
I saw Tough 1 makes a clone called the "Brisbane" but I can't find any reviews as to the quality of the Tough 1 version.
I have thought about just getting a fully Aussie saddle but I don't like the giant full skirt things on the side, or the big fat "pillows" at the back. I admit both reasons are more personal preference and aesthetic more than function or purpose.
So I was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions for something with the big "Poleys" that can help keep my fat a$$ in the seat, but will look at feel a little more like a western saddle?
Or if anyone has ever seen or used the Tough 1 Brisbane in person and could give me a review of it.
Thanks for looking.