I currently own/ride in a Tucker Cheyenne trail saddle. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the saddle. It's beautifully made, it's well-worn and has traveled many, many miles in all kinds of weather. I love everything about it: except for the fact that it has a horn.
Maybe it's just because I grew up riding hunter/jumper, but I don't like that kind of bulk in a saddle. Balance should come from yourself - your body position - not the tack you're using. If you need a horn to feel "secure," you need to work more on your own balance.
I just have no "use" for a saddle horn and feel like it gets in the way more often than it is helpful. If we're climbing a steep hill, or if I have to lean forward to duck under a branch, I'd rather not have to deal with the horn even being there.
Yeah. . .it is something to hang horn bags from, but my front saddle bags attach to the d-rings and pommel so (again) the horn is just kind of there.
My next saddle will not have a horn.
"Parelli horsemanship is just like painting by the numbers. You need absolutely no skill. You just put this color here and this color there, and when you're done, you have ... a mess no one wants." mp