Who is the muso CW. You or your husband. I play guitar, have a Taylor and Washburn electric. Generally play the Taylor. I brought it a few years ago when in the States. Wife and I attended a country music festival in Le Mars for several days then drove down to Nashville to take in the sights. That's where I got the Taylor. Great guitar very nice sound and US made, not China which is what we get over here.
Here a lot of muso's in the country clubs I attend now and again, rave about the sound of their guitars, made in China, then I get the Taylor out, that generally sorts the sound from the noise. Not that all Chinese made instruments are crap just the ones we seem to get in NZ.
Its the same with clothing. I get shirts out from the States, made in China, but the quality is far better than the quality we are dished out in NZ. We have two main retail outlets the Warehouse and Farmers, both provide Chinese clothes at a high price and low quality. Hence I get mine from Sheplers even with the freight and the $ exchange rate, its cheeper, and they fit.
Now the saddle. Hows it fit you and horse and what brand. If Belle is proving to be easy to handle she may respond using only a halter. I at times have ridden both Savannah and Stella using a halter. Its all in the training, no bit is going to stop a horse once it gets it into its head to run The brutes just clamp down on the bit and go. But boy what a ride.
Now the world knows what I think about Chineese products dumped into NZ. The saddle that fell apart on Savannah was Indian made but I won't start on that issue.
Have a great ride next time out.
The saddle is a Big Horn
It seems to fit the horse very nicely
I hope to get a girth on Sat and the owner give me her bridle
And saddle pad
Then hopefully on Sat I begin riding