I am saddle shopping right now and looking for other's experiences with different brands and types of western saddles.
I have around a $1000 budget, doesn't have to be new. Probably wont be new.
My horse is a large running-bred QH with high withers, and I have the saddle I have been using on her that I can take into the shop with me and show what fits her, but I'm curious on what type and brand would best for me.
The saddle I have now that I'm used to is an old Western Rawhide pleasure saddle, but I like the feeling of a deeper seat that I got from riding in a friend's Billy Cook barrel saddle, but I really hate the high high horns of barrel saddles. I used an old saddle a few times that was like reining saddle cross trail saddle, and it wasn't to bad. Not sure on the brand though. And I rode in a big ranch/work saddle the other day. Felt really secure, but didn't like the amount of the leather between my leg and the horse.
I just ride for fun and would like to try my mare out on a little bit of everything.
So can someone help me out on which style of western saddle I should mention first to the guy at the tack shop?
And any suggestions on good brands that are cheaper used but will still hold up good?
Thanks for reading and any suggestions.