Thanks for the welcome and the great advise!
I think I'll get 1 of each. (A round skirt for the Arab cross and a square skirt for the Paint). I've read that the Fabtron saddles are the best of the synthetics, so decided to get a couple of those.
I did think about the rubbing the saddle bags would do. I'm glad, iridehorses, that you brought that up.
What material should I look for, for saddle bags?
Thanks for the advice on the boots. I'll get 2 pairs to have on hand if needed. I wasn't too sure about getting them, but all of you are right, to have them on hand is a great idea. And if it aint broke don't fix it!
Do you have any suggestions on what type of boots to get?
I had the shoes pulled off the Paint mare as when riding her, she slipped a little on a couple of big rocks when going down a hill. She is very sure footed and from all the reading I've been doing, decided to keep her barefoot. Since then, no more slipping!
Thanks, Vidaloco for the advice on the seat pad! I'll definatly get a couple of those, just in case!
What would you advise for a good saddle pad? What type would be better to keep the horses backs cooler and comfortable? If the saddles fit really well, would a saddle blanket be better or should I stick with a different more padded type? Does it matter if a pad that keeps them cooler in the summer is also used in the winter?
I'll also be going to tack auctions to check out used leather saddles too.
Again, thanks ya'll!