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        05-12-2013, 08:21 PM
      #11
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by allieloveshorses    
    I never thought of it being such a specialized thing for the horse. I'm still learning!
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    Yes it is for both rider and horse. Poor saddle fit can cause issues like saddle sores, muscle atrophy/spasm, reduced ability for a horse to move out as th saddle could be sitting on their shoulders, wither damage, back pain (leading to poor behavior) and that's only a handful of things I can think of that a poor fitting saddle (and even a misplaced saddle) can cause.
         
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        05-12-2013, 09:15 PM
      #12
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    Allie,

    Yes, it is a lot of money. But if you shop carefully, you can find something good quality in the 400 - 600 range, and sell it for exactly the same amount in a couple of years when she's through with and ready for something else if you've taken reasonably good care of it.

    Do continue to talk to the instructor about brands, types and what might be a good deal. In general, a wide tree suits more horses than a narrow - you can pad a wide tree to fit a narrow horse short term, but a narrow tree will never fit a wide horse, no matter what you do.

    Good luck in supporting your budding equestrian.
         
        05-12-2013, 09:28 PM
      #13
    Showing
    If you decide to get her a saddle, look for a good used one. She's not far from the days her body will begin to lose it's girlish look as she starts to fill out. You may find yourself shopping for a larger saddle then. A good used one holds it's resale value. Do involve her in this process as she needs to sit in it to see if it's comfy. Some brand aren't and have been likened to sitting on a board.
         
        05-13-2013, 08:12 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Definitely go for a good brand and good quality used saddle, as a new cheap one can really hurt a horse and hurt your daughter's riding position. I'm not sure about the fit though, because I think it would be hard to fit a tall TB with most likely high withers and an appaloosa pony. That seems like a situation where both horses will have to have the saddle adjusted with pads or risers or something like that instead of having a perfect fit and that could harm their backs in the long run.

    Another thing is that you said your daughter is tall. Part of the way a saddle fits it the leg length and if you're daughter continues to grow taller quickly, even a size 16 may not last very long. I think that overall I would agree to wait until she had her own horse because of the very different types of horses she is riding.
         
        05-14-2013, 12:34 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    The Stubben Rex is a great kid-sized saddle in her size (I think they come in 15, 15.5, and 16). They really put a kid in a great position to get them off to a good start. They're older, but solid. They sell for between $250-$400 on eBay, and they resell for the same amount, especially if you've cared for the leather and polished the brass a bit.
         
        05-14-2013, 01:02 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    And when you search eBay for a Stubben Rex, don't type in the "Rex" part. Most people don't know it's a Rex, so most of them are just listed as Stubbens. If it has the smaller seat, it's most likely a Rex.
         
        05-14-2013, 09:53 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Thank you so much for all of your replies. We will keep looking for the right used saddle. It still seems like a big chuck of money to plunk down for a used saddle. Who knew saddles were so expensive? I do now! I will be checking out eBay for something suitable... Or I might just hold off on a saddle until we are more ready to take the plunge! Horses..... An expensive addiction.
         
        05-14-2013, 11:35 PM
      #18
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by allieloveshorses    
    Thank you so much for all of your replies. We will keep looking for the right used saddle. It still seems like a big chuck of money to plunk down for a used saddle. Who knew saddles were so expensive? I do now! I will be checking out eBay for something suitable... Or I might just hold off on a saddle until we are more ready to take the plunge! Horses..... An expensive addiction.
    You don't have to spend that much on a saddle. I mentioned the Rex because it's in the same price class as the one you looked at at Dover. So that new Camelot at Dover will set you back $500, and you might be able to sell it for half that. A used Rex will set you back $350, it's a better saddle, and you'll sell it for $350. That was my point.

    I didn't have $350 to spend on my kid's saddle, so I didn't get a Rex (but her instructor has her in one for lessons - I can see the difference in her riding). I first had her in a used (like-new) 15" Wintec with an adjustable gullet that I got for $150 including shipping. I sold it for $250. I now have her in a used Collegiate 16" pony-club saddle that I got for $120 including shipping. It will sell for at least that much. Neither put her in as good a position as the Rex does, but they're both very respectable saddles, and I felt comfortable about the price. That said, there aren't very many good saddles at a reasonable price in kids' sizes. If you know exactly what you're looking for and are patient, you can do very well without spending too much, and you'll get your money back when you sell it. If it seems like a big chunk of money for a used saddle, consider that the Rex cost up to $2000 new. The Camelot is $500 new. Even used, which do you think is a better-made and better-designed saddle?
    Don't fall for the temptation of buying a cheap, no-name brand saddle. I let my daughter ride a horse I know very well in one of those one - it was all that was around. I figured she was so light that even though it wasn't a quality saddle, the horse might not care (I mean really - 5 round int he round-pen at a walk). After 3 minutes, he lay down to roll to try to get the thing off. Horses can tell the difference between a good and bad saddle. Some will tell you what they think of it. Not something you want to risk with a kid on board.

    Here's a quick examples:
    Much better saddle than the Camelot:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Used-Beim-Kl...item415e34e626
         
        05-14-2013, 11:47 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    Poo, I got locked out,

    This one is decent:
    15" Wintec 500 AP All Purpose Saddle Flocked Childs Brown | eBay
         
        05-15-2013, 12:05 AM
      #20
    Weanling
    If she's only 10 she will soon grow out of the saddle, probably before her next birthday. And if she is riding more than one horse than please, for the sake or the horses she rides, don't get her a saddle. Her trainer will surely have different saddles for her different lesson horses FOR GOOD REASON. An ill fitting saddle can be terrible for a horses back and cause him pain and to become sour when riding. Maybe buy her a new pair of boots and a couple saddle pads? Crop, spurs, riding socks, helmet? Something that she won't grow out of so quickly would be a MUCH better investment.

    I JUST bought my fifth saddle and I am 18. I spent 2,400$ of my own money (this is the first saddle I have paid for myself) I have always had cheap (expense wise, not quality) saddles so that when I grow out of them I can donate them to my barn to use for lessons. My point is, wait until she is done growing to start throwing money like that around. When she has her own horse or is done growing THEN it would be smart to buy her a saddle of her very own!
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