I'm going to be bringing my old QH out of retirement and need to buy him a saddle, since I sold his tack a few years ago.
This horse was seriously the HARDEST horse to fit I've ever run across. His back is very flat and he's built like a tank. Even most 7" gullet saddles are just too narrow for him.
I'm considering a synthetic saddle for him just because they're so lightweight. Price is also a big issue... he'll only be casually ridden so I don't want to break the bank.
Is it possible to find a decent quality, lightweight, WIDE saddle for under $300?
Here he is in a Simco that, IMO, was a bit narrow for him. I eventually sold it and got a wider Circle Y.
He's the first horse:
From his younger days: