I'm hoping to get some input from people who have ridden in both Aussie Saddles and Western Saddles about which they prefer and why. My usual trail saddle (Wintec western) broke while I was riding today, and I'm not sure what I want to replace it with. I'm intrigued by Aussie saddles especially since I really prefer English riding and they seem to keep you more in an English seat. Is this correct? They seem like they'd be very comfortable and have lots of places to attach saddle bags for trail riding. How are they sized? Do they go by english or western seat and tree sizes or do they have unique sizing?
If I get another western saddle, I'd want another synthetic as it will be strictly for training and trail purposes and will get dirty, wet, etc. I'm sure it was just a fluke that my Wintec broke (I bought it used so who knows how it was treated!) but does anyone have reccomendations on good western synthetic brands? Or would a good quality used leather saddle really be better for trails?
My mare and I spent the last many years showing and are now enjoying her semi retirement on the trails so I'd love some advice from those with lots of trail experience! She's an Arab with typical Arab structure if that makes a difference in anyones opinion :) Thanks!