I am looking to buy a new saddle but I have a few questions:
1. The saddle I have now is a 16", which I have had since I was 13 (now 21). I took it to a saddle shop and had the man measure it and then he had me sit in a few other saddles and said that a 16 was too small so he had me sit in a 17" Ovation. Unfortunately, he did not have the saddle I want. I am looking to buy a 17" collegiate alumni saddle. Anyways, my question is..Do different english saddle makers (crosby, bates, collegiate, hermes, pessao...ect.) seat size really different? Would a 17" be the same seat size in all makes?
2. I do not own my own horse. I ride a verity of horses/ponies. So I need a universal saddle that will fit most horses/ponies. I came across the Collegiate Alumni with a easy change gullet system. I was just wondering if anyone owns this type of saddle and would be able to tell me the pros/cons of it.