I agree, most if not all the Import Western Saddles from Kanpur, India use Hollow Fiberglass Trees, you can usually tell when and if the give the weight, a 16" Roping Saddle weighs 25 lbs, a 16" all Leather Trails Saddle weighs 23 lbs. Kind of gives you a hint something is wrong
95% of these Saddles are made in Kanpur, India, they go out their back door to the Ganges River and drag a Water Buffalo in and use the Leather from it.
Yes, many of these Saddles are Beautiful, lots of Hand Tooling (these people only make $1.00 a day for this), but the silver is usually not silver and is a type of tin, that turns very nasty in a few months after you get it.
I have seen too many Broken Trees and know of quite a few Horse that have been in Rehab from people using these Saddles.
Any New Leather Saddle for 200.00-250.00 is worth what you paid for it, nothing. What gets me is some of these Saddles actually sell for 400.00-500.00 as much or more than a basic decent American Made Saddle
PS, using Fiberglass to strengthen a Solid Wood American Made Tree is OK, but again you can tell they will last, because the Saddle will weigh about 10 lbs. more than the Hollow Import Western Trees