A little background first. I'm looking for a decent used trail saddle with a deep seat, close contact, and the sturrip leathers set so that they are under me and not out in front. I mainly ride dressage and have a really nice dressage saddle, but recently sold my horse (he and I were not a good match). I am looking at a nice trail horse and don't want to ride trails in my dressage saddle. I've looked at Aussie saddles, but all seem to have the stirrup bars set too far forward. There are several boarders where I board who are big Buck Brannaman fans and have the Wade roping saddle he likes. I like the look to, but they are so heavy, especially compared to my 15 lb dressage saddle. I found a Liberty Wide Gaited Pleasure Trail saddle on eBay
(Item number: 251025967927) that looks pretty much like what I want, but don't know what makes it a "gaited saddle". This little mare I'm looking is a QHxArab and has a pretty wide back, needing a Full QH bars western saddle. So, is there something about these gaited saddles that makes them inappropriate to use on a non-gaited horse?