So I have finally come to the conclusion that I am selling my newly accquired aussie saddle and will be breaking down and getting a western saddle. I am an english rider, that will never change but I need a trail saddle. So now I need recommendations please, I will list specs and requirements below.
Arab, 14.1hh taped at 821 lbs. I am 5'8" and 135lbs, so not a super heavy saddle. I'm also a wuss and my 20 some pound aussie kills me, but I can work on that lol.
At least 7in gullet, my 17in dressage saddle is plenty long, can't go longer.
She has a very high wither, I haven't found a western saddle in my barn that clears her withers.
Looking for something that is all around, needs to have d-rings or ties for saddle bags.
Prefer to not have a horn that sticks up to my chin, lower the better.
Comfy for long, long rides, for both of us.
And the hardest of all, my price range.... I would like to not go over $300. I need to sell my Aussie first plus some other stuff that would hopefully get me to 300 or a little more. I realize this is very low but I'm looking for used. It could even look beat up I don't care what it looks like as long as it is functional.
So please help with recommendations or advice? What type of bars would I be looking for? I will probably need a built up western pad I'm sure as I highly doubt I can find a saddle to clear her withers with enough clearance I would like.