Thanks, that is REALLY helpful. I'm mostly an english rider, and I'm transitioning from eventing to trail riding. I loooooove my Kieffer english, but it's just not a saddle I want to spend all day in going up and down mountains. I'm actually looking for two new saddles, one for my mare and one for my gelding. The mare is a stocky QH and the gelding is a narrow STB. The mare fits in almost any western saddle, but the gelding is tricky.
Quality is REALLY important (I'm used to riding in a $3000 Kieffer) but at the same time I don't want to spend a huge amount because the gelding is only 3 and might a) roll on it and/or destroy it, or b) grow out of it. I also like to stay on the english side of things - close contact, and I prefer english style girthing.
Also, I am not really sure about seat sizing. I have looked around, and I keep seeing different conversions. I ride in a 17" english saddle, what size should I be looking at for Aussie saddle?
The basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes.
He's of the color of the nutmeg and of the heart of the ginger.
His neigh is like the bidding of a monarch,
And his countenance enforces homage.
- William Shakespeare