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        12-30-2010, 11:46 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    I've heard Toulouse saddles are soft, which is nice, but too easily scratchable, not necessarily a problem if you just plan on using it for a show saddle. But it is if you use your saddle for trails too or are accident prone like me, ha.
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        12-31-2010, 12:04 AM
      #12
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Romantic Lyric    
    I've heard Toulouse saddles are soft, which is nice, but too easily scratchable, not necessarily a problem if you just plan on using it for a show saddle. But it is if you use your saddle for trails too or are accident prone like me, ha.
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    ah and this is very true. One of our girls just bought her's about 5 months ago and it's pretty thrashed. Although she rides about 4 horses a day and when she lessons, she does the big open jumpers. So I equate it to someone buying a new car and then driving it from Los Angeles, to Las Vegas every week. Hahaha!
         
        12-31-2010, 10:12 AM
      #13
    Super Moderator
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    Originally Posted by lilkitty90    
    this is 75$ used.
    Used quality saddles (with scratches, wears, etc.) are NOT sold for $75. Even those 20 years old models go for $100+... I agree with tiny, you may want to look at one Piaffe is selling (given it'll fit your horse).

    Out of interest I looked up saddles under $100 on tacktrader.com - most saddles are still over $75 and are "no name" (meaning junk most probably).
         
        12-31-2010, 10:23 AM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Which is why I was comming here for good Brand names. I absolutely refuse to buy a saddle without a brand name. Or even a bad one which is why I wanted to document the search on the names and such to make sure I just find a lucky find or something on a good name. I looked at Piaffe's but honestly as a 17 yr old with no job or help paying for stuff from parents my money IS very limited. And i'd love to find a good saddle with what I have. And 150$ is slightly out of my budget. Also still debating if I should just save the saddle money and use it for my lessons instead of having my own saddle.
         
        12-31-2010, 11:13 AM
      #15
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    Likitt, do you have horse at all or you use lesson horse/lease? If you don't have a horse, I'd suggest to wait on saddle, or may be try to save up more if you are not in hurry. As everyone said you can't buy a good saddle (even old) for very cheap (unless you are VERY lucky, which does happen too, but rarely). So just keep looking - may be something will pop up (ebay, tacktrader, craigslist, forums).
         
        12-31-2010, 03:52 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Yeah I have myl ittle mustang girl. And I ride western but I wanna take jumping lessons with my mustang. I'm definitely keeping my eyes peeled for saddles but i'm still trying to make up my mind between jumping lessons or an english saddle. I've NEVER had lessons before as I have more important stuff IE food for my babies with spend my money on. But with this extra bit of money I got for christmas i'd love to take a couple of lessons with me and my horse.
         
        12-31-2010, 04:26 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    You don't want to buy a old old saddle. The tree could be bent without you really knowing.

    This article will show you if you care to read. I posted this but doesn't seem people seem to care

    saddle issues if mounting from the ground ;)
         
        12-31-2010, 04:32 PM
      #18
    Super Moderator
    Look for lesson barns around you and ask if they allow to use their tack on your girl (couple barns I've been to were OK about it). If you've never done english, lessons would be really great way to go!
         
        12-31-2010, 08:07 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    I'll take a look at it gidget! I seen your post and was going to ask about yours but you had already sold it lol and kitten yes definitely i've only ever sat in an english saddle once and I had to figure out how to attach stirrups and the girths and everything on my own that time to as I had no one to help me. But someone let me borrow their saddle. I would keep using theirs but idk if the saddle seat fits me or if it even fits my horse for that matter. And I tried it out and was very unsteady it's definitely alot harder than western, and usually I feel comfy without a helmet. But I was worried the whole time so i'll definitely be borrowing a helmet too!
         
        01-03-2011, 10:32 AM
      #20
    Foal
    HDR saddles are very nice! I love mine! I do Hunter Jumper and it Fits most of the Horses in my barn(:
         

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