I normally ride english in the arena so I don't know too much about western saddles. I am currently going on a lot of trails so I have switched over to western for the sake of a more secure seat while riding in the uneven terrain on a green horse. My nice jumping saddle just doesnt cut it on the trail.
I am desperately in need of a new western saddle but am on a really tight budget less than $1,000). I want to buy something new not used. I know that I cannot get a top of the line saddle for that price. I just want to be able to get a half way decent saddle that will do what I need it to do. I don't show or anything so no need for anything fancy.
The western saddle I have now is just an old cheap saddle that I got for free about 10 years ago from a family member that can no longer ride. It is a little too small for me, the seat is so hard that without a cushion if you ride in it for more than 20 min you will have bruises on your bum, and it is falling apart. As I said before, I am really in need of a new saddle.
I am looking for a saddle to use on trails. The horse I am currently riding will sometimes spook and spin so I want a saddle that has a really secure seat. Preferably a saddle with a rounded skirt as they tend to fit my horse better.
What are your thoughts on the American Saddlery Hill Country Trail Saddle.
One of the others I am considering is the Corriente Trail Saddle
Which of these 2 do you think looks like it has the more secure seat? Is there any other saddle that you would recommend over either of these? Any suggestions at all are greatly appreciated.