I've been considering getting into western disceplines and recently I was looking though catalogs and over the internet at various saddle companies. I thought to myself "Well, I want to do all sorts of things with that western saddle- is there such a thing as an all purpose western saddle?"
And then I discovered THERE ARE A MILLION TYPES OF WESTERN SADDLES and apparently a good old all 'rounder doesnt exist.
If I wanted to do some reining, barrel racing, trail riding, western pleasure/horsemanship, trail classes, and some western gaming events what sort of saddle would be best? Every time I saw the word "All Around" it linked me to a trail saddle. Arent a trail saddles skirts too large for things like barrel racing? *exasperated sigh* Whats the real difference between all the types of western saddles? Do the differences matter that much? Do I NEED a ton of silver for western pleasure? (I'm not a huge fan of excessive amounts of silver. A little bit of silver? Classy. Some of those saddles that look like they're more silver than leather? A little overzealous in my opinion.) Can I get by with just a little accent silver here and there, tastefully done? Would it be possible to do western pleasure with no silver at all or are the judges just going to pass me right by? Can I compete in trail classes/barrels/reining with silver on my saddle or will I look silly?