Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Northern Nevada
Very much a non-expert, but what I looked for when buying my saddle was, first of all, the weight. At 6' and close to 200 lbs, I'm a load for a horse to carry for hours. I don't want to add 10-20 lbs of extra saddle weight, especially things that are just for looks.
I didn't want a horn (no way am I going to be roping cows!), but attachments for saddle bags (or a cantle bag) were necessities. And like a couple of other commenters, I wonder why the stirrups can't be turned 90 degrees...