My first saddle I had was a Tesky. It was affordable at the time. Fit my horse ok, not perfectly. It just worked for the time being.
My second barrel saddle was a Triple Creek. It was also affordable, comfortable, but I had the stingray seat, which could be slippery. Fit my horse nicely.
My newest saddle is a Martin. I LOVE MY MARTIN!!!!!! Its by far my favorite saddle. Everything is perfect for me right down to how the horn feel. Its very comfortable. LOVE the rough out seat, really sticks ya in there. The hamley twist is such a knee saver too. (makes your stirrups turn outwards from your horse)
The adjustable rigging is another handy feature of the Martin.
I really love this saddle. If someone you know has one, I would ask them if you can try it out and form your own opinion of it. Thats what I did
You get what you expect out of yourself, so always expect the BEST! - Lee Ann Rust