I am in search for a good all around Western saddle that I can use for almost anything. I primarily use for lessons, arena work type stuff. Nothing too crazy. My ultimate riding goal is to be able to take my girl safely on grounds and on trail but also use during lessons. During my lessons, I would like to be able to refine my movement with her. No jumping, no gymkhana...I am a pretty laid back rider.
I CURRENTLY have a Circle Y flex tree BARREL saddle ( I went this route because it's SUPER light...all leather at 21 lbs. Couldn't find anything lighter, really). I'm 5ft 1" and Rosie is about 16hh. I would like to get her saddle on her without a ladder. Mine works pretty well for that.
14.5" Circle Y Kelly Kaminski Blaze Flex2 Barrel Racer, Wide Tree 1528
That being said, I've been told my barrel saddle puts me in a bit of a forward position. (maybe you all can help me with this answer)....how much is too much? Or am I over thinking this??
Things I feel that are must haves for me:
1. Fairly light. 28lbs or so and under
2. Suede seat to keep my backside in the saddle a little better ;) Rosie is a very forward horse and has a big trot and canter. Not always sit-able.
3. Quality. A good saddle is an investment in my horse's back. I don't want to hurt her with a cheaply made, ill fitting saddle.
4. I'm short, any one else out there have a saddle maker they can recommend that has fenders that can be adjusted (easily with a couple of holes in the leathers)? I ordered mine with custom cut fenders, a curse I would probably always live with :(
*********I have been looking up Bob's custom saddles--reiner saddles. Used of course. I hear they are phenomenal. Anything about a Reiner saddle that would NOT work?
Thank you soooooooo much wonderful horse community!!!!!