My favorite saddle is a G.H. Vaught, 17" western work saddle. Last summer I rode it two full days in steep rocks & rain/drizzle and was not sore at all. I had injured a hand & rode one handed all day with one hand/arm in a sling and I had not been riding in awhile, so this saddle is a keeper. The terrain is rough at Devil's Den but it is a beautful ride. There are very few horses & 99% mules there, but well worth the trip. If you have a good horse that is experienced & in shape, this is a nice ride. The mule riders will stop & let your horses catch their wind without too much teasing.