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    12-03-2011, 07:13 PM
  #1
Weanling
Question how to get a english saddle?

Hi, I have always ridden western and bareback but would LOVE to try english..

I ride just for fun and do trails ( no jumping )

My horse is a 14.1hh QH gelding that is 2 and 1/2 years old.

MY QUESTION: How do I find a saddle to fit my horse and me?

--> Where do I buy one? Craigslist? ebay?

I can't spend more then $100 ( I am only 14 years old )

Please give me your opinions and tips. All GREATLY appreciated

P.s. My horse is ridden in a reg. Snaffle(western style)- I don't have to change my western bridle to english if I ride in a english saddle... do I?
     
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    12-04-2011, 11:05 AM
  #2
Weanling
If you don't plan on showing, nope you don't have to change anything.

I got my saddle on craigslist for 300. But I don't know about finding one for 100 bucks.

If you have friends that ride english, ask around. A lot of times they'll have old saddles they need to sell.

And for sizing, i'd assume (guessing your age) that a 17inch would be the best fit saddle. (I'm 17 and ride in an 18 inch.) If your horse has average or skinny withers, find something with an average tree. If your horse has broad withers, go with a wide tree saddle.

You will also need a girth. (the western chinch wont work.)
For that, measure your pony once you get your saddle.

Hope this helps
Good luck!
     
    12-04-2011, 07:32 PM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by mselizabeth    
If you don't plan on showing, nope you don't have to change anything.

I got my saddle on craigslist for 300. But I don't know about finding one for 100 bucks.

If you have friends that ride english, ask around. A lot of times they'll have old saddles they need to sell.

And for sizing, i'd assume (guessing your age) that a 17inch would be the best fit saddle. (I'm 17 and ride in an 18 inch.) If your horse has average or skinny withers, find something with an average tree. If your horse has broad withers, go with a wide tree saddle.

You will also need a girth. (the western chinch wont work.)
For that, measure your pony once you get your saddle.

Hope this helps
Good luck!
Thanks for the tips! Greatly appreciated ;)
     
    12-04-2011, 08:22 PM
  #4
twh
Weanling
Supposedly, your English saddle should be 2" longer than your Western saddle. If you ride in a 15" W saddle, you should look at a 17" E saddle.

Unless you're showing, you can use whatever bridle and bit you want.

As for saddle fit, what kind of W saddle are you riding him in?
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    12-04-2011, 08:29 PM
  #5
Weanling
Well I just got my horse this week so I haven't had a chance to find a Western saddle that fits him(I have lots,just have to put them on him and see which works best)

Is a Synthetic english saddle any good?
     
    12-04-2011, 08:43 PM
  #6
twh
Weanling
Oh, like a Wintec? It's really a matter of preference --- go sit in a synthetic saddle, and see what you think.

I will warn you, though, that for $100 I would not expect to find a very good saddle.
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    12-04-2011, 08:46 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Horsecrazy4ever    
Well I just got my horse this week so I haven't had a chance to find a Western saddle that fits him(I have lots,just have to put them on him and see which works best)

Is a Synthetic english saddle any good?

Have you ridden him yet at all?

You said your horse is a two year old? I wouldn't try english with him untill he is a bit older (like four or so) and you've taken formal lessons. English is a whole different ball game than western. I've known people who rode western for years and years. And they could ride any horse. The second they rode in an english saddle, they fell and hurt themselves. English is all about muscle strength, and without it, hitting the ground is a promise. Especially on a two year old.

Maybe try riding english on another, better trained horse. And with people you know (or better, an instructor).

Just keep your safetly in mind hun.

As for synthetic, for a first saddle. It's great. Little to no care required. However, if you get serious about english someday and want to show. You bet you'll need a real one. But for now, synthetic stuff is great. Especially since your still growing and will most likely need a new size in a couple years. :)

I was in a 17 inch at your age. Now I ride in a 18/19 inch.


Hope this helps.
     
    12-04-2011, 08:59 PM
  #8
Weanling
Mselizabeth::::Yes, I have ridden him.. He has had all summer put on him and is very quiet(never bucked or reared when being broke) He is 2 years old and 7 months.

I ride Western but ride bareback the most.. What uses more muscles, bareback or English?

After reading what you said, I think I will wait until I ride a more experienced horse in English..with a experienced person to instruct me.

When I do get a English saddle, I will start with a synthetic saddle =)

Thanks for the tips and advice ;)
     
    12-04-2011, 09:06 PM
  #9
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Horsecrazy4ever    
mselizabeth::::Yes, I have ridden him.. He has had all summer put on him and is very quiet(never bucked or reared when being broke) He is 2 years old and 7 months.

I ride Western but ride bareback the most.. What uses more muscles, bareback or English?

After reading what you said, I think I will wait until I ride a more experienced horse in English..with a experienced person to instruct me.

When I do get a English saddle, I will start with a synthetic saddle =)

Thanks for the tips and advice ;)
It depends what you do bareback. But unless you post, I would say english.
That's great that he's so calm. I've never ridden a calm 2 year old. Haha.

My 11 year old is a complete nut case.

Good luck
     
    12-04-2011, 10:06 PM
  #10
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by mselizabeth    
It depends what you do bareback. But unless you post, I would say english.
That's great that he's so calm. I've never ridden a calm 2 year old. Haha.

My 11 year old is a complete nut case.

Good luck
Yes, I have posted bareback.. I think it is lots of fun =)

I was very reluctant to look at such a young horse but wow was I surprised... I didn't know they were made like that calm at that young of age- lol

Thanks!
     

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