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post #1 of 6 Old 10-13-2012, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle Shopping!

Hey, y'all! I've been taking English riding lessons for awhile now and my mom and instructor have decided that it's time for me to get a saddle! I know that I want an All Purpose.. The only problem is, I don't know what brands are reputable and which are not.. We are also on a tighter budget. I do realize that you get what you pay for. This will basically be my "starter" saddle and I will be using it for trail riding & just everyday practice. (Probably won't be showing anytime soon..) Any help would be great!! Here are a few that I have found. Please let me know what you think & any tips/pointers would be great!! thanks in advance!

HDR Advantage All Purpose English Saddle 16" Used | eBay

Used 16.5" Thorowgood synthetic English saddle w/pad, girth, leathers, irons VGC | eBay

17" All Around english saddle in excellent shape. | eBay

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post #2 of 6 Old 10-15-2012, 04:10 PM
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I don't know much about any of those saddles, so I'm not much help there, but just make sure that the saddle you get will fit the horse you are going to be riding. A saddle tree that's too wide or too narrow can cause bad things for the horse's back. Also, all purpose saddles can't really be used for any specific discipline, but it sounds like one will be a good option for you since you are trail riding and, I'm assuming, just doing flat work.
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-23-2012, 05:26 PM
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=) I love Wintec. A Wintec Isabell dressage saddle. It's not all purpose, but it is sure comfy! I've been recently riding in a Bates all leather Isabell dressage, which is amazing! They are rather pricey, though, so I've heard. I haven't bought my own saddle- the lady I ride with has everything I need to exercise her horses for her. (; Those are great saddles, though. I don't know if you're "technically" supposed to, but I do everything in them- Trail riding, flat work & small jumps. Works just fine and you have a nice feel of the horse.
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-31-2012, 09:45 AM
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I actually disagree with Washacow. I have a cheap copy of the Wintec Isabell and HATE it... and I have friends who have the real thing and report many of the same issues.

For me, I cannot for the LIFE of me sit the trot in my dressage saddle. Kind of defeats the purpose of a dressage saddle if you can't sit the trot in it [I am a capable rider and have no issue sitting the trot in other saddles, or bareback, for decent periods of time]. I did adore it when I first got it but since then I have had issue after issue and every single one has been saddle related. Other saddles, I am fine. Other horses, same saddle, and I can't ride to save my life. I have trouble feeling my horse through my dressage saddle, and HE has trouble feeling ME. Can't get my leg on in trot or canter, can't get much strength behind it in walk, so my horse gets very lazy with his laterals because he knows he doesn't HAVE TO listen, I have nothing to back my aids up with. If I don't have my stirrups long enough, I can't ride him in the trot without feeling like I'm going to fall off over his shoulder. If I ride at "the right length" my lower leg goes to crap [and it's actually pretty good in any other saddle].

By the by, I'm not a fan of all purpose saddles. Very few of them put you in a good position for any discipline. The Bates/Wintec AP saddles aren't bad, but they're not amazing either. I haven't sat in an AP that I adored... have sat in plenty of dressage/close contact type saddles that I desperately want but can't afford... and I know exactly what I want when I eventually upgrade my dressage saddle, just have to find the money first [and pay off vet bills]!!


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post #5 of 6 Old 10-31-2012, 03:22 PM
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There's a non-profit that runs out of my barn that had a new 17" TuffRider All Purpose saddle donated to them that they can't use and I'm trying to sell it for them: FS: *New* 17" Regular TuffRider AP Saddle - $200 + shipping USA

They've dropped the price to $150. PM me if you'd be interested
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-01-2012, 12:52 AM
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Go to a tack shop and try out some used saddles. Then you can try to search for brand/size/tree width of that saddle online to see if you can find the same thing for cheaper.

Ordering a cheap saddle online without trying it out to see if it fits both you and the horse is going to cause you more trouble and headache later down the road.
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