I know this is a loaded question, but I have zero experience with endurance saddles.
I have decided to sell all my western saddles and invest in a well fitting saddle now that Trouble is over 6, and I've decided to go with an endurance type saddle for function and comfort, as there's really no point in lugging my sketchy, not-very-well-fitting (either of us) hand me down western saddles all over when we're just sticking to trails. Plus frankly, I find my western saddles incredibly uncomfortable, and after I hurt my back getting thrown I realized there's zero reason why I can't be sitting in a cushioned, sheep skin lined, semi-custom saddle without the bulk of too long fenders and torque of stiff stirrups prying on my hip. The lightness, close contact, customization, and fitting options call to me.
However I know nothing of endurance saddles. I did a bit of googling but there's an incredible amount of conflicting information out there. I know nothing of brands other than across the board cheapies to stay away from like King. Wintec caught my eye but western wintecs have been atrocious for me. I also don't know what kind of rigging is optimal, adjustments, fitting, seat size, there's changeable gullets that are new to me, interchangeable seats (?!) and I saw gullet pads and treeless parts, english, western and aussie styles. It's a bit overwhelming.
I take a 16-16.5 inch seat in a western seat, I'm assuming Trouble would take a wide tree now, since he rocketed to 1200 pounds and settled at 16.1 hands now that he finally stopped growing. I have incredibly short legs, take a 28 inch inseam, and western fenders are usually bulky and put me in a weird position, so I like the option of having leathers. Since Trouble's still only 6 and fresh, I would want something with a deep seat and maybe bucking rolls, but I like the lack of horn.
So, if anyone has any recommendations, websites, information or advice I'm all ears. I would also love some direction to sites that sell endurance tack, be it biothane or leather, as he grew out of his breast collar, to my dismay, and I'll need a new bridle for our S hack that should be here soon.
Basically, I need everything new. I'm switching disciplines I guess, from S hack nose bands to crupper, saddle, pad and reins I need everything new. As for a budget, I'd like to stay under 2000 for a saddle, preferably closer to 1300 and under.
Also PS, I'll add some new, updated pictures of my monster soon, since no one has seen him in awhile.
ETA I thought I'd add that western treeless has scared me away from treeless saddles, since I'm heavy, and my seat isn't going to be very great until I put some miles in and it returns. I see that treeless is popular in endurance but I'm not one of those lean, muscly, butt-of-glue, horse-is-the-extension-of-my-body endurance riders yet