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    09-25-2011, 07:09 PM
Green Broke
Want to start riding english again!:)

I took english lessons for a few years, starting when I was about 5. After that, it was strictly western. I bought an english saddle a few years back, but I only used it a few times so I sold it. However, I'd really like to start english back up again with some actual lessons.
I have an Appendix Quarter horse mare, and I think she would be my mount for english stuff. She always looked better decked out in an english saddle compared to my cutting saddle!!
What do you think of her? Please excuse the age difference in the photos, I'm on my brothers computer and there aren't many to choose from!

Also, what about this saddle? I'm not looking to spend a lot, as I get paid minimal wage:P I just want a used, leather saddle. ZAMADA English Saddle LOT - 16" - Leathers, Irons, Girth, Pad - Starter Set - NR | eBay
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    09-25-2011, 08:10 PM
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I know nothing about Zamada saddles. Starter sets are usually pretty cheaply made and fall apart in not so long a time. Or , worse, they have poor quality trees which can make your horse sore. That one looks a bit better than the average ones' I've seen on ebay. Maybe you could look up that brand and do a little research. A 16 inch english is pretty small. If you ride in a 15 inch western saddle, you might prefer a 17 inch english saddle. Depends on how tall you are.

Your horse is well built and will look great in either tack.
    09-25-2011, 09:17 PM
Green Broke
This is most obviously not a starter set. It is a lot that someone is selling all together. The tack is actually pretty good quality, judging from the pictures. However, I would go for a bigger seat size. Sixteen inch is pretty small.
    09-25-2011, 09:36 PM
Green Broke
I'm not really sure how english size seats go, I thought it was just one inch up from what a western seat is. I normally ride in a 15" barrel saddle and a 16.5" cutting saddle.
    09-25-2011, 09:38 PM
I agree with others about the starter sets tend to be junky. I bought one and no matter what horse we put it on we have to use a lollipop pad because its like your sitting on an incline.

Wintecs aren't to bad price wise and you could probably find a cheap used on. They are comfortable and some have the easy change gullet system.

Kinkades are ok they can be hard. Held together good and fit my Tb nicely.

Stay away from sliver fox they are absolute crap in my experience.

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