He's perfectly okay, got a scratch on his nose and probably got some nice bruises. He threw a hind shoe as well, nothing major.
I DO want to get a saddle back on him ASAP. He IS green and I don't want this to become a issue (fear of being saddled, mounted, etc.). So, I need to get a new saddle! I have my Aussie but the cinch is too long for my narrow boy
On my old saddle, it had a wooden tree wrapped in rawhide. The cinch ring (where the latigo strap attaches) was attached to the tree with a nice piece of leather and about a dozen nails.
I'm looking for a solid, older saddle. I have a few quality questions
1. What kind of tree?
Fiberglass? Rawhide-wrapped wood?
2. How should the leather be attached?
3. Is there anything I can do to check the solidity of the tree?
Anywhere to look?
4. What kind of weight should it have?
Heavy? Light? I read somewhere that generally, better-made saddles are heavier.
5. What kind of stitching?
Is there a specific kind/type that I should look for as an indication of quality?
6. What kind of rigging/rings/etc.?
Should I just go with "Could pull a bull elephant out of a mud pit?"
I know what to look for in terms of leather and fleece quality, but I want a FIRM idea of what to look for!