Going Western...saddle recs?
I've been toying with the idea of doing more western riding with my QH gelding. I think we could do well on the local western pleasure circuit as he naturally has a slower jog and keeps his head level with his topline. We do a lot of trail riding (english) currently, and have done some eventing and h/j type stuff in the past, but due to some soundness issues, I'd prefer to limit jumping with him for a while, until I can get his "issues" sorted out. He is sound currently, but is also in light work only.
So I've been looking at western saddles, and I can't tell what is quality and what isn't. I'm looking for a lighter weight saddle, full QH bars, and preferably leather, although I'm completely open to synthetic options, as I realize these saddles are much lighter. I'm seriously limited as to what I can see in person, I live in an area where few tack shops carry western tack, and those that do only take western saddles on consignment, which really limits me. I don't have a price limit set yet, but I would prefer to keep it under a thousand.
Anyone care to help?