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post #1 of 7 Old 11-26-2011, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Buying a saddle for the first time with no tack shop in town...

Hello all, trying to buy a saddle for the first time and I am just looking for some feed back on buying online. Also I have ridden off and on for most of my life but I've always ridden other peoples horses. I finally have a horse of my own and I am so excited to buy my own saddle. I will be using the saddle for trail riding with a 10 year old gelding. I've been thinking about buying an Australian saddle but have never sat in one before. The way they look like a cross between an english and a western saddle is what I think appeals to me about them. Any advice or suggestions would be so helpful. Thank you Bridget
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-26-2011, 09:23 PM
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I have bought a saddle online and I ended up being very happy with my purchase. The only suggestion I can really offer is to make sure to buy a quality saddle from a reputable seller and be dang clear on what their return policy is like. Some places will allow returns of saddles in new condition (tried on the horse with a clean blanket underneath, maybe ridden in once or twice if you can't tell) within a set number of days...usually 7.

I have no opinion on Aussie saddles as I have never ridden in one but there are several members here that use them and are very happy with them.
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thank you
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-26-2011, 11:07 PM
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If you have good friends with saddles you can try, start with that, to see if you can find the exact make so you can get something that will fit your horse.
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-27-2011, 11:22 AM
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Buying a saddle online sight unseen is not something I'd recommend, unless the seller allows a trial period or you order a demo saddle. It may look great on your screen, but you may hate it when you have to ride in it.
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-27-2011, 11:29 AM
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I agree with the above suggestions. Borrowing saddles to see what fits is a great way to start, then you can take measurements and find out the specifications from the saddle's owner to look for something online with the same specifications. Look for a reputable seller with a known name. There are many cheaper saddles on ebay and the such and they frankly aren't worth a penny.... I have bought a few myself and was very disappointed. Shiraz is a company that says they are made in USA, but every thing I have ever gotten from them have had a stamp or tag that said made from India and the item was always a piece o crap, so beware of Shiraz.

Always find out about the return policy as there is a chance it won't fit your horse. There are many online stores like Smart Pak and Dover that actually let you try the saddle out. They are a little more costly, but it may be worth it to be very sure your saddle fits.

If you are on a budget, Abetta makes some decent synthetics. I bought their trail saddle and my horse and I both love it. Super light, super comfy and super easy to take care of (you just hose it off). I like to recommend them for people who mainly go on trail and don't do a lot of showing, or for a "fun" saddle that you don't have to worry about messing up if you decide to "swim" your horse :)
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post #7 of 7 Old 11-27-2011, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll ask around and see if I can try out some different saddles before I buy.
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