Hmmm.... looks like I'll just have to move me and my horses to Australia, it would only cost me like $40,000 haha I wish. I wonder If it would be possible to do cattle work in an english saddle, that sure would make things easier.
AP. I've had that saddle for ten years and it's definitely my old faithful - Fits everyone and so comfy! I onyl use my stock saddle on Bundy as it's made for him and use my wintec on any other horses I have. I actually have two wintec 500 AP's now, I bought another because they are so handy :]
^ That's interesting. A very western styled seat, with fender styled panels, knee rolls and a horn! Have you seen it in person? Is the horn just 'tacked on' or could actually be used for roping or similar? I'm not sure about the combination of the western seat and the knee rolls though - The seat looks like it would sit you back in the back of the saddle, which negates the use of the knee rolls unless you are flung forward.
I have an Aussie saddle by Down Under. It is nice enough - I know it is not super high quality but I really like it. It is uber comfy and after my Western Saddle turning my AQHA into a paint horse, uber comfy for my boy and me is of the utmost importance! I wouldn't rope a cow with it though - but genuine stock saddles from AU don't have a saddle horn anyway. I am sure my saddle would hold up to cutting cows and team penning activities. One of these days I might buy a really nice Aussie Saddle!