Newbie saddle advice - fitting horse and me?
Advice on purchasing a saddle. After I got my guy, I bought a sturdy used saddle that fit him, however, I failed to fit it to me (duh!), and, I have decided instead of just trail riding, I want to also learn barrels (plus I feel more secure in a barrel seat). I have a chubby horse that needs FQHB, plus at least a 7 inch gullet. How do I find a saddle that is decent and fits him? I worry buying online it won't fit either me or him (I need either a 14, 14.5, or 15 depending on maker) and many consignment stores have little selection of quality saddles - and I can't afford new (want to keep it under $600). I am also short and current saddle won't go short enough for my little legs (fender is pulled all the way to top) Thoughts? This seems like an impossible task with so many variables..(Have already brought one home to return it because it pinched him so bad)..... I currently use my trainers, but feel uncomfortable because her daughter is always needing to use it. My current saddle - while very pretty and sturdy and fitting him, is WAY to huge for me. I silde all over!
Also, I know some brands to stay away from like double T - what are others?