Is this a decent starter saddle?
I haven't rode english since I was a kid, but have recently considered taking some lessons and trying to relearn a few things. A good friend of mine is getting out of horses and I have the opportunity to get her saddle dirt cheap, only thing is I know nothing about english tack so I don't know if this is a good starter saddle for me, or if it will even fit my rear, or any of my horses.
It's an older Borelli saddle. 17" seat. She couldn't remember what 'kind' of saddle it is but thought it is all purpose. It's a wide tree. She's got the leathers, but no girth/irons. 6.5 gullet. It has some wear but is in overall very good condition and she's always kept it inside and cared for. I ride draft crosses so I'm hoping the wide tree might fit them, but ideally it would be used one day with my 3/4 Shire colt Finn when he's old enough to start doing saddle work. I'm 5'9" and I ride in a 15" western seat. Like I said, she'd give it to me for next to nothing so it's not that I'm out much, just don't know enough about these things to know if this saddle would suit or not. I know there's no way of knowing if it will fit my horses and particulary my colt, but would it work okay as a starter for me? Is it a junk brand?