I have a Circle A cutting saddle that according to the one peice on it, it was made in 1975. For the last couple of rides it has not felt right on my horse. Either of my horses have acted any differently of uncomfortable.
And I was thinking my saddle is worn out or getting close, and this might be the time to buy a new saddle.
The saddle sets low on a horse, giving a horse better leverage while holding heavy livestock that has been roped. The horn is low and out of the way when roping. The horn has a prominent lip to make dallying with your rope easier. Working buckaroos really like the saddle because of the way it fits a horse, never moving whether riding in steep mountains, or on the flats.
Wades do very well on low, mutton withered horses that normally have problems with saddle roll.
There are a lot of saddles out there billed as a "Wade tree", but they're actually A-Fork saddles. A-Forks are similar in shape to a Wade, but they have a taller pommel.
True Wade saddle:
How it sets on a horse:
Notice how the pommel and seat are shaped similarly to the wade, but the pommel is higher and more upright. These saddles are more suited to horses with tall withers or more narrow frames. They do well on gaited horses and horses with more Thoroughbred blood in them.
I've always prefered an A fork or wade saddle. I find that it seems to fit a wider range of horses. Some people like the idea of a saddle having swells feeling that it gives a little more security but you can add a set of bucking rolls to an A or Wade if you like.