Originally Posted by kevinshorses
Your money is not wasted on a custom saddle. Custom saddles are generally built with more care and precision than factory saddles and you can also get them built to your specifications. It's only a waste of money if you have it built to exactly fit your horse.
Exactly, Custom does not always mean expensive, it also means Choice of Colors, Special Tooling, Seat Sizes, Adding you Name or Initials, not just Tree Size. Many times Custom will mean tree size, sometimes someone wants a Wade Saddle for a Draft Horse, you would never find that combo from a Production Saddle Co.
Off the shelf Saddles do not have those choices and many times an off the shelf production Saddle may only come in a 15" or 16" Seat and that may not be the size you need.