I just picked up a new saddle at a local tack shop. It is new but on consignment. It has qh bars and seems to fit better than any saddle I have tried (all the ones I tried were either sq bars fqhb. I have about 2" with no pad in clearance between his withers and the pommel. It doesn't rock or move around on him. So far it is the best fitting saddle I have found.
My horse is only 4 1/2 years old and I wonder if this is a good idea to spend this much now. The owner is asking $1,100.00 for it. How much should I pay for it if I decide to buy it. One friend told me to start at $750.00 and go up to $800.00 and the other said to go up to $900.00. Like I said the saddle is new but sat where a cat has put tiny scatch marks on the leather and the soft seat. I am worried that if I do purchase this saddle that the seat scratch/pin holes from the cat will start tearing. What do you all think?
As far as fit I took it out for about an hour and did not work up a sweat, but after taking off the saddle/pad the front 2/3 of his hair under the front part of saddle was nice and even and the back 1/3 was not flat but a bit ruffled and unevern? What does this mean?
I have read much about not putting the saddle too far forward (1-2") behind shoulder blade. When I do this the girth is too far back. My friends think I am putting saddle too far back. When I went out for my ride the girth was about 4" behind his leg and when I got back it was about 6" behind his leg. Why do you think this is?
Any suggetions on this saddle would be appreciated , you might even tell me to keep looking....thanks so much..