Let's just say that up until now, I've had the mentality "it's a saddle, put it on," without any thought to the comfort of the horse. Now that I'm trying harder to improve my level of horsemanship, and because my good saddles are starting to fall apart, I'm in the market for another saddle. Ideally, this saddle will be under $1,000; not a high price range, but I can't afford the professional quality saddles. I would like help with knowing what to look for in a quality saddle; how to fit the saddle to the horse; what kind of tree to look for, etc. I need something that I can use everyday for training my reiners, but that, if I take good care of it, I can turn it around and use it at a local, low-level show. I'd prefer not to buy off the Internet, because I can't see the saddle in person, so I'd prefer information for what to look for rather than references to different saddles.
Thanks in advance!!
"99.9% of horse problems come from either a lack of respect or fear--or both." ~Clinton Anderson