She's been looking for a different saddle, and found a really cheap "English" saddle yesterday at a swap meet, then brought it by for me to look at. The leather is in pretty good shape for the age, but it is a cut-back style saddle. It's stamped "lane fox, made in England" and doesn't carry any other marks. I know Lane Fox is the type, not the maker. There's no maker's mark that I found. The main objection I had to it was that the panels are very thin and hard, and look like they weren't ever designed to have much flocking. I think the lack of padding and the seat shape are going to be very hard on her horse, but I told her it might be ok with a thick wool or sheepskin half pad if there's room.
I've never used a saddle like it, and am not very familiar with them. Does anyone know anything about these saddles? Did they tend to have little/no flocking, or is it just that old? I wouldn't ride in it personally, but do you think she's going to hurt the horse with it?