I gave in. After my ASB did not work I bought a Quarter Horse. He looks like an Arab with muscles.
I read the Western Thread about western saddles. I know saddles are like latte. Everyone likes something different. I like good quality saddles. I would like to trail ride. I might show western pleasure at the local shows. I do not think I will punch cows or rein. But, I would maybe like a saddle to do all this. What kind of saddle should I look for? Light or heavy? Do I need a horn? Round skirt or square?
A good used saddle may be the way for you to go. If you can try it out first all the better to check fit. The usual Circle Y, Simco (my favorite in that price range) Tex Tan will all do you service. Now I got lucky with a saddle purchase on e bay from Mr. Saddle but it is made in India and a lot of people would turn up their noses at it! However, it fits both me and my mare and is made well, spent around $300 for it. I see no difference between it and some of the less expensive American made saddles frankly.
Round skirts are great for shorter backs, square if you have an average backed horse is fine. Heavy if you like to lift heavy and plan on doing ranch work, lol!