Thursday - you are very lucky to be so close to a nice tack shop! I used to live in Cleveland where Big Dee's and Schneiders is and there were multiple smaller shops and even a nice consignment shop too. Now I have nothing.
I downloaded and wither tracing guide from Trumball Mtn and I will try it out this weekend. It is frustrating becasue everything I ahve been reading has said that tree sizes are useless to use from brand to brand since they all have different tree lengths and that alters the measurement. It should be standard, IMO.
I think I may have it narrowed down. I am looking at:
Duett Companion Trail
M. Toulouse Aachen
These are both in my price range to buy new. If I can get myself to wait and look for a good used deal I would love an Arabian Saddle Company Rubicon/Solstice, but want to try it first.
Thank you again for all your responses!