Originally Posted by apachiedragon
Big Horn makes a Gaited horse trail saddle that is very nice. I have a regular Big Horn trail saddle, as I have QH's and it has held up well with a lot of hard riding, and is very comfy. A couple of sites have them listed for $359.
I completely second the suggestion for the Big Horn saddle. You can try their gaited cordura saddle or their cordura barrel saddle, which isn't as long if your horse has a short back like some gaited horses but doesn't necessarily need a "gaited" saddle. The Big Horns are one of the comfiest saddles I've ever ridden in. I just bought my third Big Horn. Also, for some reason they seem to fit more horses more readily than some others. I can take it off my 16 hh Standardbred and put it on my 15 hand Missouri Foxtrotter gelding, and it also fit our old 14.2 hh quarter horse perfectly. Obviously, a horse requiring a narrower tree, like an Arabian, needs a smaller gullet, but it seems an easy fit.
Seriously - they're very comfortable, and they're well made, too! Try getting a used on on ebay
or somewhere. I got mine for $225 used and it was (and is) in good shape.
Happy saddle hunting!