During my time hunting for a well fitted saddle which I can use to ride 25-50 miles rides, I have learned more than I can imagine about saddles and fitting. Everybody seems to have the perfect rig and the perfect setup, but it is rare that someone will tell you why they recommend, because it trull is a very individual and unique experience that each person must try out on their own. I don't trust another person to tell me which jeans will be my favorite jeans. I need to try them on and decide for myself. Because of this, searching the internet is difficult, but its not as hard as one might think, as long as you have some knowledge about your horses back, and your body shape/riding style.
I started my journey in endurance riding with a Bob Marshall trail saddle, 3.4 inch skito pad, and a Dixie Midnight pad. After my first 25, my mare developed white hairs under my legs, most likely form uneven weight distribution and my constant posting. Granted, I only weight 120 and am 5'3", but this was enough to bother her, which was more than enough to get me started on finding something better for her. During my hunt, I researched the following saddles and came up with the following conclusions:
Abetta Endurance: This saddle is still in the running, but I am only considering it with the use of a Corrector pad by Len something, the guy that created the Ortho Flex saddle. I learned that the Arabian fit, didn't always fit the Arabian, but the Qh version seemed to fit most horses better. I am not sure why or how, but this was the concensus.
Specialized Saddle: A lot of people aware by these, but a lot of people also say they are cheaply made, and despite having fitter fit the saddle, it still caused sore backs. I asked a few long time riders about them, and was told, "Sara, if I truly believed that was the end all be all saddle, I would have one in my tack room."
Tucker: I feel like these are common for a reason, they must be good saddles, and are well made. I just haven't had the chance to have one fired to my horse and I. I am interested in doing so.
Sharon Saare: I have heard great things, and that they are wonderful saddles. But I am concerned about the many options available for size. I would love to have a person come fit my mare, then I would be willing to make the investment. Their tree sizes are below, as this information can be hard to locate.