I'm the proud owner of a western saddle! I purchased a used Circle Y Sheridan Trail saddle. It has an 8" gullet and a 15" seat (so 17" in the English world). It also has upgraded "softee" leather. My hope is that it's a suitable fit for Apollo and if it's not perfect I can pad it up a bit. Western saddles seem to fit him better - so I was happy to find one with an 8" gullet but a smaller seat size. My husband also indicated he would be more interested to ride in a western saddle. I thought it would be suitable for trail riding and would fit more people than my weird DK saddle (just in case other people would like to ride sometime!).
I have to give HUGE kudos to Melanie from Ride On Saddles. She helped me find the perfect saddle and allowed me to make payments on it. My saddle is from Ontario and will arrive in Alberta. I would recommend her to anyone looking to get a saddle. The selection is mainly western but there are few english options also. Here is her website: http://rideonsaddles.blogspot.ca/
Here it is!!!:
My first exposure to the horseworld was definitely western - through my dad (and his cowboy friends). I sort of know the gear (cinch, headstall....look at me go) but don't know anything about technically riding western. My parents bought me an english saddle when I was little because I couldn't lift a big western saddle by myself. Kind of rolled with the english thing from there.
I also had a pair of these awesome things before I got my little english saddle. After a google search I learned they are called "buddy stirrups"...who knew.
Note, this is not me!