Help me find a steal-of-a-deal, western saddle style
I've been lucky and have found english saddles for a song in the past, but I know what I'm looking for there. This is going to be much harder because I don't know a lot about western saddles. I have ridden in a few western saddles, and I know the difference between roping, barrel, show styles. Unfortunately that's about it.
I ride in 17.5" english saddles, but am also fine in an 18". I have ridden in both 15 and 16" western saddles. I think 15 is ok but maybe a smidge small. I prefer a flatter seat but I don't mind a deep one as long as it sits me in the right place. I don't like stirrups that are hung forward, like in barrel racing saddles as I get lower back pain if forced to ride in a chair seat. I also know that I have to rule out saddles that have the rigging very far forward on the skirt as that doesn't work with either of my horses who both have fairly ample shoulders. I prefer a rounded and/or single skirt because they are lighter to hoist, but also because both my horses are short-backed. But again, I'm willing to make lots of compromises as long as I can get the saddle to reasonably fit the horse. Problem #2 is that buying off e-bay usually means no trial so that again is going to make this tricky. I need a saddle that I can use for trail riding and that is appropriate for the local show circuit. Silver/bling are out of the question on my budget. I really like the old style saddles with the steel lacing on the cantle and skirts, but in my target budget, beggars can't be choosers. Honestly I'm going for kicks and not to be competetive so as long as it's leather it's cool. Since I can't do the whole blinged-out thing, I'm going "retro cowgirl" with basic black chaps, plaid shirt with coordinating scarf around my neck. And my helmet, of course. :)
So, what about these?
Also, what does it cost to have the fleece replaced on the bottom of a western saddle, and where can that be done?
Thanks in advance for the help!