Western Saddle brands to avoid?
We are going to a 4-H consignment tack sale this weekend. I have a couple of things I'm looking for, but my husband suggested finding my daughter her own saddle that she could use now. She has one that is going to take a while to grow into (it's been in the family for 40 years so it's got sentimental value), but she is still using a lesson saddle each week. We know what size of seat to look for, and the width of the gullet we need to aim for, but I don't want to go and buy a cheaply made saddle. Are there any brands that are best to stay away from? If you don't mind telling me why, I'd appreciate that too. We have the tape measure in the purse already so I can measure them, and I have a used saddle buying guide printed out to pay attention to. We figured that since its a 4-H sale, our chances of finding a kid's sized saddle are better. She can continue to use the lesson saddle, but it's just an idea for now.
(We've tossed this idea at her instructor and based on the horses she would ride at the farm, our best bet is a FQHB saddle, so she said 6.5-7" gullet).
So, what brands should we avoid considering, and why? (Remember, I'm asking because I want to learn, so the more info you provide the better.) Her instructor also said that if we do get one, and she outgrows it, she will buy it off of us, because she always needs intermediate sized saddles. She has an abundance of adult sized, and small youth, but just a couple in between.