I was just wondering if anyone could give me some info on western saddles. Around the area I live no one rides western or has western saddles so I was wondering if someone could tell me about them a little. I was thinking about just doing some basic pleasure trails with my horse once I break her in and was thinking it might be more secure or comfy in a western saddle instead of a dressage saddle.
So I was wondering what they are like? Are they good for just riding around, are they reasonably secure for spooking or something?
Also, how do they fit? I know how english saddles work, I have wintec with cair panels and adjustable gullets so that works out really well for me with fitting but how do the westerns fit? I guess you can't change gullets or anything, so could I get one that would fit my mare who's got a reasonably fine back, that isn't flat, but not overly prominant?
As for the cheap ones, are they okay? I'm not going to do much in it or compete or anything, so would a cheapish one be okay?
Thanks for any info