I'm thinking about getting an english saddle in the near future. There's a collegiate on e-bay that I've got my eye on lol. It's very similar to the one I rode in while I was taking lessons. And it's a really good deal.
Do you guys have any opinions/ suggestions on what brands I should be looking for? I'll probably go for a used since I'm not looking to spend more than $400 or so.
What's going to be the biggest bang for my buck so to speak?
Yeah, I'm mostly just looking for a decent pleasure saddle. I'll mostly be doing flat work maybe a few small jumps later on (only if I get back into lessons it's been a while). I'll probably swap out to my stock saddle for trails.
I should probably wait till I've actually gotten a horse though. I don't want to wind up with one that doesn't fit at all.
I like collegiate saddles, they are a good saddle for the price. You could also look at older stubbens and crosbys, usually you can find a really good deal on one of those.
However, I would wait until you have a horse as all horses are made differently, and you may be safer looking at a used tack store for saddles. I learned the hard way that it is much easier to spend the extra money at a tack store and be able to trial and actually see the saddle before you buy.