I was wondering if the members could recommend a saddle for me, or a really good saddle fitter in Northern California who works with with Western, Australian, and English saddles. I would either like a Western saddle or an Australian stock saddle. The saddle must have a horn, so I can pony another horse, and useful rings to attach things to for trail riding.
I currently ride in a Wintec Isabell dressage saddle, and I it love because it has a deep seat and places the rider in a correct “classical” dressage position, with the back upright and the legs hanging down straight. I also like that it has a very close contact feel, especially when the removable thigh blocks are taken off. I love that it is synthetic, making it easier to clean and lighter to lift onto my horse! I have tried the Wintec western saddle, however, and I don’t like how stiff the fenders are. I am also not totally set on getting another synthetic saddle, since I know the options are quite limited for synthetic western or Australian stock saddles.
Basically, I’m looking for a saddle with a horn and some rings that has a deep seat and puts the rider in a classical dressage position. I would also like a saddle that is as lightweight and close contact as possible. For what it’s worth, the saddle would be for a 17 hand thoroughbred with high withers and a long, sloping shoulder.
I would love to hear what the members can recommend to help me out! Thank you!