I have been riding 4-5 days a week for the past few weeks on lesson horses. I use the barn's saddle, a 17.5in HRD Advantage. I don't like it. It is uncomfortable and a bit too small for me. My trainer suggested making an investment and buying my own saddle. I will get a wide tree, and hope to be able to use it on a few different horses I ride there, all who use that same saddle..the HDR.
I have around $800-$900 for the saddle, girth, leathers and stirrups. I don't want synthetic. Should I save a bit more, or can I buy something decent used? What brands should I look at? I like the Pessoa's and Stubbens, but I can't afford them new. Is there a mid-priced saddle that I can get new for that price? I'm going to hit up the numerous tack shops near me, but I still wanted to see what everyone here thought. Thanks for the help.