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        01-11-2010, 09:23 AM
      #31
    Foal
    I know, I buy very little on Ebay now. I used to buy a lot of stuff on a regular basis.
    Not anymore. Half of the time people are selling things for the same or more than you can buy them for at an online store, and then they try to screw you with crazy shipping fees besides.
         
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        01-11-2010, 10:16 AM
      #32
    Foal
    I don't know much about western tack---few things I can think of other than the above is to consider what type of bit your horse needs and is used to AND what size bit you need. Also, don't forget a few basic first aid items such as nitrafurazone (antiseptic cream), hydrogen peroxide or betadine (for wound cleaning). I usually like having gloves (you should never handle furazone with bare hands) and gauze to apply those things. I also recommend having pillow wraps and standing wraps in case you ever need to wrap your horse for shipping or due to injury. If you do not know how to wrap, be sure to ask someone knowledgeable how to do this, as you can injure your horse's legs if you wrap improperly.
         
        01-11-2010, 12:08 PM
      #33
    Weanling
    I don't know much about western tack, but I have a Wintec Synthetic English saddle, had it just under a year, and I can tell that it will last me many more to come, it's so durable, and you never have to clean it or anything, you just wipe it with a damp cloth if it has mud on. It also has a changable gusset/tree which means you can use it on any horse, and just change the gusset.
    I noticed that Wintec do a Western version Wintec Western Saddle

    It looks quite good, and as far as saddles go in the UK that is a very reasonable price (sorry it's not in $'s)
         
        01-11-2010, 12:28 PM
      #34
    Yearling
    The best thing to do is make sure it fits your horse well. And some horses need a thicker pad. I know from experience. My saddle wasnt fitting my horse just right... I ended up paying about $400 to get my horses back fixed. He used to buck all the time. Ever since his back was fixed and I got a new saddle and pad. He has been great.
         
        01-12-2010, 06:53 PM
      #35
    Foal
    Yes, that's probably what I will go with. I've had a number of people say to go with a Wintec.
         
        01-12-2010, 07:02 PM
      #36
    Foal
    Ah yes, the bit! I'm not sure about that one. I might have to do some research on that. I will find out from the previous owners, though.
         
        01-12-2010, 07:11 PM
      #37
    Foal
    So, along with talking to the former owners, that might be a trial and error process.
         
        01-12-2010, 07:23 PM
      #38
    Weanling
    I don't know a whole lot about different bits either, but if I were you I'd go with the most simple bit (like a snaffle, sorry I don't know what the western equivilent of that is, or if it's just completely the same). If your horse reacts well with that you wont have to go with anything that will put too much uncomfortable pressure in his mouth. If he doesn't react well, then something that will maybe incorporate more pressure when needed. Sorry if none of that made sense :/
         

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