I am looking to buy a saddle for long trail rides. I currently have a Hereford of some sort that gives me saddle sores. I never knew saddles sores were actually a real thing until that day... It works for short trail rides, but I'm looking for a saddle that my butt can endure for long trail rides or week-long trail rides.
I've debated over Australian or western saddles in my mind, but I'm not very experienced with either of them (when I'm not trail riding, I'm a hunter/jumper rider).
So, I ask you, what do you recommend as a comfortable trail saddle? My budget is pretty meager at this time, so I'm looking at under $500 but I'm not opposed to used at all (in fact, I would prefer it!). Also, I want the saddle to be of good quality - nothing "cheap" that is going to crumble in my hands. If that is all possible with my budget.
My butt and my horse's back thanks you!