Best Way to Buy a Saddle?

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Best Way to Buy a Saddle?

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        01-27-2008, 03:08 PM
    Green Broke
    Best Way to Buy a Saddle?

    I've been looking into western saddles, either roping/ranching or trail/pleasure. Money is tight so I want a saddle that is affordable, yet still a good buy. I'm not sure whether to buy a really cheap generic saddle, a used saddle, or a new name brand saddle w/ a warantee. Any advice?
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        01-27-2008, 03:54 PM
    I know its not great for the merchant selling the saddle but if you can find a new one you really like and it fits your horse, then look on ebay or any of the several used tack sites for a used one. I think you are better off buying a used better quality saddle than getting a cheapy one new. Check your local tack shops to see if they carry used saddles too. Better to not get in a rush, save your $$ an get a good one that will outlast a cheapy one.
        01-28-2008, 08:04 AM
    Completely agree with Vida. It's better to get used, but fit your horse and your own butt. I was caught with the cheap saddles couple times (money, money... :) ), and both times it was bad experience (accident in one case, and I should return saddle in 2nd case).
        01-28-2008, 11:06 AM
    Green Broke
    I would not buy a saddle from the internet. You want to make sure that the saddle fits you and your horse.
        01-28-2008, 01:55 PM
    I agree with delete sort of. I wouldn't buy a saddle from the internet unless it has a return. If you can't return it, DO NOT BUY IT.
        01-28-2008, 09:05 PM
    Green Broke
    Thanks for the advice guys! I'll start looking around for saddles. The only other problem I have is that I'll be using the saddle on tons of different horses so I'll need to find one that will fit the average horse... Any other suggestions?
        01-28-2008, 09:09 PM
    Lol idk I buy all my saddles cheap on ebay and besides if they don't give you the saddle police can track them down ;D
        01-29-2008, 08:10 AM
    If you plan on using on different horses, I'd recommend to get something with higher pommel (for high-withered horses) and with qh bars (not semi-qh, as it's too narrow for flat-back horses, and you can always use extra-padding for thinner horse). I know some people go with flex-tree, however I found out that flex-tree saddle (expensive brands like textan or circle Y) sits right on withers on my narrow high-withered horse. So I personally stay away from those. But it's just my personal opinion.
        01-30-2008, 08:57 PM
    Green Broke
    Thanks for the advice. I've never bought a saddle before and I didn't want to regret buying something that costs hundreds of dollars!

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