Lately I've been getting pretty bored riding bareback all the time and I think it's time I invest in a freaking saddle! I have a mare who's as round as an egg with really low withers - and I'll be getting a belgian who's tall and leaner built for a belgian, high withers. I'd prefer to buy only one saddle, obviously that's not possible with a saddle with a tree.
Then I discovered the magical world of Soft Saddles!! And Treeless saddles. But I don't know the first thing about them honestly. I really enjoy riding bareback and considered just getting a bareback pad with stirrups... then I looked at a picture of them and can't imagine why they're even legal. They look SO dangerous! Every review says they slip and slide and I imagine it'd be near impossible not to get hung up in a stirrup if you fell! Which you'd be likely to do if the pad's under the horse's belly!!
So I guess I'm looking for suggestions for a treeless or soft saddle that's firm enough to not kill me, has stirrups or a place to hang stirrups, and could fit both my horses. I've seen some where the stirrups are attached closer to the bottom of the pad and can't decide whether that's better or worse o.o? I don't care if it's english or western style - I just glomp around for fun - but I like realllllly close contact.
Thanks so much