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post #1 of 6 Old 08-09-2012, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Clueless on buying an English Saddle.

I have absolutely no idea. All I know is that my mare can be ridden English and I want to give it a try.
Any advice on saddle brands? Need something with a fairly low budget, but i want a good durable brand that will be comfortable for me and my horse.
I have only ridden western, is the seat size the same? I have a 15' seat on my western saddles. And how is the girth measured? What about saddle pads?
Any advice would be extremely appreciated!
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-10-2012, 01:05 AM
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If you want cheaper, look at synthetic brands like Tekna, Wintec or thorowgood. English seats run about 2 inches larger than western, so try about a 17 inch. I think adding 20 inches on your western cinch is about what english girth length you'll need. English saddle pads are generally cheap as they are thin and english saddles are more closely fitted than western.
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-10-2012, 01:45 AM
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what IS your budget? English saddles can be quite expensive.

Do you plan to jump? do HUS? just trail ride?

If you aren't sure, an all-purpose might be a good choice.

If you can afford about 350 , you may find an old one of medium/good quality.
450 would up your choices considerably. Girth is extra, as are leathers and irons, but sometimes people selling used saddles through all that in.
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in one minute I found this on ebay. It isn't a crap saddle but not great either. It has NO knee rolls, so will be abit like riding bareback.
Beval English Saddle 17 inch | eBay

I offer this only as an example of what 300 will get you.
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-10-2012, 06:20 AM
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Fitting of an English saddle to the horse is paramount. Badly fitting saddles cause PERMANANT Damage to the horse.

I would suggest that you find a reputable saddle fitter and ask them what thedy have in your budget that would fit your horse
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Depending on your budget and the tree width your horse needs, I do have a 17" all purpose Courbette saddle with a medium tree that I'm trying to sell.
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