I know this is a very old thread - a little over 2 years, in fact - but just wanted to add my experience with Black Forest saddles. I have a 5+ year-old Black Forest Shasta Echo (English rigged) that I have ridden up, over, around and through very rugged terrain and it is still going strong with minimal signs of wear.
In response to the person (SailorGriz) whose horn tore off when his horse bolted during mounting, the Black Forest website very plainly states that the horn is a decorative item and should only be considered as such: "Can I use the horn of the Town & Country for roping or ponying?"
"The horn on our western saddle is connected to the fiberglass pommel; however it is not affixed to the saddle itself. Please only use the horn for decorative purposes or for tying small, lightweight objects such as a camera or water bottle. All of our saddles offer 7 d-rings for carrying or tying smaller objects."
I presume you've solved your saddle issue by now, but hope you and others will not shy away from a fantastic saddle because it didn't perform above
it's stated expectations.