I actively ride fairly often at on barn horses others ride as well. My parents and I have been talking about getting a saddle and pads for my 16th birthday this year as I've finally realized that riding is really the only thing I care about a lot.
I ride one horse most of the time, but occasionally I'll get thrown on a different horse. She's pretty skinny and fits in the public saddles (we have 4 or 5 of the same very nice wintecs, mostly plastic but high quality) with only one saddle pad (though I've been using two square ones for her sore back.) I also ride some pretty fat horses, tall horses, short horses....
My issue is that I want this saddle to last a long time (probably want leather for that.) And it needs to be able to fit most somewhat normal horses plus or minus a saddle pad or a fleece saddle shaped pad.
Also, I really do NOT want to go buy three or four saddles then see which one fits best. I take lessons only and our instructor is huuuuge on being on time for the lesson.
If you could help me figure out how to get a good saddle I would be incredibly grateful. Thanks!