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        01-15-2008, 06:44 AM
    What about the local auction or consignment saddles in local stores? At least you can try those. I personally don't like to buy from ebay something that expensive without trying. It took me 5 stores and 20-30 saddles to try (I mean just to sit in) before I found one which would fit my butt. Although I'm picky too. Lol! The good thing we have number of stores in 80 miles radius and 2 auctions just 20 miles away from me, but I know it's not available everywhere.
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        01-15-2008, 07:35 AM
    If you buy on Ebay do as much research on the saddle brand as you can either by googling it or checking local tack shops for the brand. If you find a saddle you really like in a local shop and the price is too high for new then try to find it on ebay used. Buying a used saddle on ebay without knowing anything about the manufacturer is risky.
        01-16-2008, 01:35 PM
    You might give some thought to checking the "used" rack in a saddle shop.
    Pawn shop's are often a good sorce also, as are your local buy/sale/trade papers.

        01-16-2008, 05:29 PM
    Used is a great way to go! But new or used get some one trained to fit it, there is alot more to consider than meets the eye! I can give directions and advice if needed though!
        01-16-2008, 07:54 PM
    I'm sorry but, how do you know if a saddle fits your horse, aside from being really too big or small
        01-19-2008, 03:28 AM
    Well.... the best way would be to get the shop to come and fit it! Most will, I work with fusion saddles and I know they go any where in the uk to fit a saddle (all thought they are not cheap) but if your doing it your self I can give a few tips

    You need to be able to get 3/4 fingers between the pommel and the wither of your horse,

    Run your fingers down the spine of your horse then when you sit the saddle on his back there should be good space ALL the way from front to back ie: not pinching his spine,

    And make sure the saddle sits close to his sides not "flapping about"

    Lastly NEVER try to fit a saddle with a numnah. I know we all use them but its actually best for the saddle and horse not to use one EVER! But if you DO use one make sure when you tack him up you pull the numnah right up in to the saddle gullet, if it lays on your horses back and wither,and you put the saddle on it, then that un-does any good work you have done buying the right saddle! As its putting the pressure straight back on the spine and wither!

    I've TRIED to make that short and hope it helps!!!

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