I'm new to horses, with a very bad back so trying to find a couple of light weight, western saddles with comfortable padded seats. Thinking about getting a couple of the Fabtron synthetics or good used leather saddles, (if the price is right!)
I was wondering what the differences were between the round and square skirts. Which is more comfortable for the horse? Which one distributes the weight of the rider better? Will having saddle bags make a difference in which type of saddle to get?
One mare is a 4 year old 14+ hand Morab, built like an Arab, the other Paint/quarter mare is 15 hands.
Both horses are bare foot and have great hooves. Is it good to have boots for them? Will the boots keep their feet wet if they go through water on a long trail ride? Are they secure enough to give the horse good footing on wet slate or other stone that may be wet or slippery? What about on hill sides? Other surfaces?