Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: middle of nowhere
Some basic rules of saddle shopping: If it's under about $600 NEW, it's junk. With the cost of leather going up, that can stretch to $800 in some areas. Consider that quality leather-- just the leather, for a new saddle will run $400 - $600+ and that's with no tree, no other materials, and no time/workmanship included, and you can see why a cheap saddle is cutting costs somewhere.
So if your budget is below about $800, you need to be looking for quality used saddles-- something 15 - 20 years old with a good brand will be in the $400 - $800 range and will be a far better purchase, be more comfortable for you, has a chance of fitting the horse, and will last decades if you take care of it. Look for Courts, Crates, older Circle Y, older Simco, Martin, Billy Royal, Billy Cook, Dale Chavez, Tucker, and some of the 'house brands' like NRS' line. If it's been cared for, these older saddles will still last you most of your life, and they can easily be resold if you upgrade or find they don't fit your horse. If you must have new, a price range under $800 or so is going to limit you to synthetics like Abetta or Fabtron.