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post #1 of 10 Old 11-01-2008, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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The Best Saddle?

What would be the best saddle for a 135lb, 5'7 14 year old? I am looking for something used because saddles seem to run expensive. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-01-2008, 12:22 AM
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Are you wanting to ride English or Western?
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-01-2008, 01:05 AM
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I think you're doing an excellent decision to go with used. You can get some a lot of really nice used saddle that already worked in and soft. There are to many different brands, shapes and ways a saddle can fit. Your body build and length of legs, pelvis etc will affect the way a saddle will fit you. Do you have access to a tack store? a lot of store sell used saddle or have them on consignment. There are a lot of online stores as well that I believe let you take out saddles on trial. Might be an option?
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post #4 of 10 Old 11-01-2008, 09:13 PM
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used is fine. I bought my first 2 saddles used, and paid under $200 each time. Just be sure the saddle fits your horse, or it's worthless.
If it's an English saddle, check the under panels to see they are symmetrical (same size & shape) and the gullet channel usually needs to be 3 fingers wide at the cantle (depends on your horse). It should be neither overstuffed and hard, nor understuffed and too soft. You should have one hand width between your fanny and the cantle, and the pommel in front.
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If you are looking for a western saddle you probably need a size 15'', I'm about the same size as you, just a little shorter,and thats a good size for me.

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post #6 of 10 Old 11-02-2008, 09:52 AM
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Definitely need to know if you are going western or English. They are different in the sizes. Like shoes, USA size 9 is a size 40 (?) European. Same with saddles
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post #7 of 10 Old 11-02-2008, 09:26 PM
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15-15.5" western, 17-17.5" english.

Used is ALWAYS best if you can't afford an expensive saddle. For any saddle, check the new prices and make note of saddles that retail over $1,000. Look for the same brand in used saddles. That's always a safe bet .
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post #8 of 10 Old 11-23-2008, 11:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Meg View Post
What would be the best saddle for a 135lb, 5'7 14 year old? I am looking for something used because saddles seem to run expensive. Any ideas?
Hello luvs2ride1979,
I totaly agree with you, new saddles are often to much expensive. I saw a couple of used saddles available here : CWD Sellier Used Saddles - Saddle Listing
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-01-2008, 06:25 PM
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I ride english and gor a great deal on a saddle pack (saddle/bridle/pad/reins) online for little more than $200 It is a great fit on Sally.

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post #10 of 10 Old 12-01-2008, 08:02 PM
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Try as many saddles as you can! Usually used tack shops need only a credit card number and they will let you try saddles. The more you sit in the better you get a feel for what you like and dislike, and when buying used you also need to make sure that the tree fits your horse. Usually used saddles will need to be re-flocked to fit your horse.
As for brands I recommend Stubben, Passier, Collegiate, Karl Niedersuss, Schleese and just generally well made saddles. There are a lot of good tack review sites and I would look on those before buying anything.
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