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    03-08-2012, 11:37 PM
Buy a saddle or wait?

I am a beginner and have been riding a few months. Currently, I take lessons 1-2 times a week and have recently started a partial lease. The owner of the horse I'm leasing lets me use the saddle, which fits the horse quite well, but doesn't fit me well at all.

Should I buy a saddle to fit the lease horse and myself? I'm hesitant to buy anything too expensive, as there is no guarantee it will fit a future horse.

Should I buy a saddle with a changeable gullet that could potentially fit a horse I purchase?

Should I keep riding in the too-small saddle that fits the horse well?

Or is there another option I haven't thought of?
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    03-09-2012, 04:41 AM
Hi, are you riding in an english or western saddle?
    03-09-2012, 10:32 AM
English saddle. I should add that a lot of the riding on the lease horse will be trail riding.
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    03-09-2012, 11:05 AM
You could buy a treeless saddle. They fit a wider array of horses, so that way if you change horses in the future, saddle fit will be less of a concern.
    03-09-2012, 11:10 AM
You could go ahead and look for something with an interchangeable gullet. Collegiates and Wintecs are very reasonable especially if you buy used.

Definitely try to find a used one though. That way if it ends up not fitting another horse down the road, you'll be able to sell it for about what you paid for it and not be out as much money as you would with a new saddle.
    03-09-2012, 11:20 AM
I personally wouldn't be happy if someone were to even change a saddle on a horse of mine and indeed wouldn't permit someone to use a treeless saddle, so first and foremost you need to talk to the horse's owner.

However I'd suggest you save your money. UNLESS it's so uncomfortable and such a poor fit for you that it's forcing you to ride badly.

As a new rider though your position will change and improve and what you find un/comfortable now is likely to change as you become better balanced and sit more correctly.

Interchangable gullet saddles have limited use only and they really aren't intended and don't fit horses of all shapes and sizes.
    03-09-2012, 11:27 AM
I would definitely talk to the owner before spending the $$. Most likely they'll be fine with it if you make sure they know that you'll also make sure it fits their horse properly. You could also include them in your search if you decide to go theat route, that way they can have some say on what you put on their horse. And like Ink said, Wintecs are a good brand that have lots of options and are fairly comfortable. That and there are plenty of used ones out there.
    03-09-2012, 02:26 PM
I have talked with the owner. She is definitely ok with me getting a saddle and I will involve her in making sure it is a good fit. I think the wintec or collegiate might be a good option. Are there are any models that would work well for the trail?
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    03-09-2012, 03:22 PM
I've been in a similar situation for the past few years- leasing a few different horses, but didn't like using the barn saddles (some didn't fit the horse, didn't fit me, or were constantly in use already when I wanted to ride). I ended up finding someone at my barn who has a Wintec Pro Dressage and agreed to let me borrow it permanently (as it didn't fit her well). With the interchangeable gullets it seems to fit most horses I've needed to ride reasonably well, and I find it nice and comfy.

I'm in the market for a horse now, and once I do, I plan on getting a nicer saddle fitted to both of us. But the Wintec has been great to have while leasing!
    03-09-2012, 03:27 PM
Originally Posted by Abbzug    
I have talked with the owner. She is definitely ok with me getting a saddle and I will involve her in making sure it is a good fit. I think the wintec or collegiate might be a good option. Are there are any models that would work well for the trail?
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Wish I could help you on that. Last time I owned one was 1992, when they first started marketing the adjustable tree, and you banished from shows if you showed up in public with it. But good luck, I really did like it, despite what other ppl said at the time.

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