I'm sure this should go in the tack section, but it's really about Barrel Saddles so I decided to put it here. If any mod stumbles across this and decides it doesn't fit here, then feel free to move it to the tack section.
Anyways, My birthday is coming up and my family is thinking about buying me a saddle. We don't have a lot of money so we can't afford a $2,000 saddle. I've been looking in craigslist and equinenow and I've found nothing. A lot of the saddles that I've seen look like they shouldn't even be classified as a barrel saddle. They all look like a trail/pleasure saddle, but that's just me.
My primary question is, Is ebay safe to look for barrel saddles? I've always been very skeptical of ebay and I've never bought anything horse related on it. When I search barrel saddles, I get a huge list of the Sets. You know, the ones with the saddle, breast collar, etc. I'm not sure if those are good quality just because so many people are selling them for a reasonable price.
So my second question is, are those sets decent, worth the money and comfortable? I'm looking for a 15" seat with Full QH bars and a deep seat, and I don't have all the specs for my desired saddle right now..My price range is about $500. We probably could go a little higher but $500 and below is the desired price.
Thank you all for your input!