350 miles and five saddles later, Mr. Big has a new seat for me to ride in. The nicest saddle I tried was a Tucker trail saddle that was just as supple as can be. But it didn't fit Big's withers--too tight. It was also more expensive than we wanted but we would have handled that if it'd been the right saddle in every other way.
We ended up with a fairly inexpensive roping saddle. It seems to fit Big and it works very nicely with the very expensive pad I bought for the Black Forest. Interestingly, I'd never really felt "insecure" in the Black Forest saddle--it always felt stable and solid. But when I tried out the western saddles I realized that the BF saddle was anything BUT stable! Very interesting experience!
Assuming it continues to seem like a good fit on Big I think this will make a fine saddle for me. I'll post pix tomorrow, I hope. If it's pouring rain all day the pix will be delayed a tad!
But, I'm back in the saddle and this week will be back on the trails!