So, after much deliberation and examination, it appears my poor old garage sale-hand-me-down saddle has finally given up the ghost. A certain 11 year old girl chucked it out of the shed during the snow last winter..it got burried and that didnt help the situation when to my suprise I discovered it in the spring thaw :\
It's sort of usuable, but it's condition is headed south :( The horn was all chewed up even before I got it, and its pretty worn out. It's had a long life, and now Emily needs to find a new saddle.
I put an ad on Craigslist (of course--I find everything from my truck to my goat on there. Love that site), but am also perusing eBay. I need something to ride Lakota with.
To be very honest...I've never bought a saddle before. My dad got me one when I was a little kid, and it fit perfect till my butt got too big at like 15. I've never picked out my own.
eBay, as always, seems to have some deals, but now I'm wondering HOW DO I KNOW WHAT SIZE TO GET? I don't think my butt is huge, but I read a bunch of sizing guides on the internet, and they said for a western saddle an average adult rides in a 15".
What about english? I've never ridden english, but Lakota was trained english as well as western and someday that might be fun if I want to try to end up in a full body cast. How much more difficult is english than western? How different is it (stupid question, I know, but I am curious).
And what about Aussie saddles? Anyone recommend them?
I need a western saddle for all around purposes, but maybe someday use for gaming (poles, barrels, goat tying)..Anyone have any advice or recommendations?