If you can save up a little money, Crest Ridge makes great gaited saddles. They have a part synthetic model that's not too expensive ($643, Sonata
) and they have scratch & dent saddles on occassion. They show you how to measure your horse on their web site for the best fit. Crest Ridge Home
Abettas are affordable and very light weight. Their synthetic saddles are built on ralid trees in the USA. This web site will help you with a wither tracing to decide which tree will fit best. I'd send them photos of your horse too. Abetta Cordura Trail Saddles Menu
For Aussie saddles, Downunder Web has a nice selection with some lower priced. I'd go with a flocked/padded saddle (the underside, against the horse). The flatter bottom saddles are made for wide/flat QH types. Downunder will custom fit a tree for you too, at no extra charge. Australian Saddles from Down Under Saddle Supply - Aussie Saddle Specialists
Do NOT buy one of those cheap no-name Aussies on eBay
. They are cheap Asian imports built on fiberglass trees. Even if it is a brand name, if it's under $400 for a new one, ask what material the tree is made out of. If it's fiberglass or fiberflex, PASS!