So I'm giving up on western trail saddles. They are too expensive, too heavy, don't ever fit my horse right, and they hurt my knees! I'm sticking to what fits both me AND my horse best, and that's English. I have found this saddle on state line tack and it has exactly what I need: A padded seat, lots of rings for gadgets that I don't need but want to have with me, and the reviews say that it fits High withered horses quite well (mine Is a little sway back combined with high withers. Ugh.)
EquiRoyal Comfort Trail Saddle - Statelinetack.com
Then I figured I would go ahead and get the Australian fleece stirrup leather covers so I could eliminate the need for the half chaps (or will I still need those?) and I was thinking of getting some of the endurance-type extra wide padded stirrups for it.
Do any of you ride in an english trail saddle? What modifications, if any, have you done? Did you make the switch from Western to English or vice versa, or have you always been an english rider? What kind of saddle bags do you use? Any special saddle pads? Breast collars? Girths? Any input you have for me would be super helpful, and I would love to see pictures of what you ride in!
Here is the saddle. I only saw one negative review, all the others were positive, and at $325 I think it's a fair price.
Here's a conformation shot of my guy. Don't let the spot in middle of his back make you think he is more swayed than he is! Lol