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    11-12-2010, 08:18 PM
Economy Value Set

I've finished Cricket in Western, and in an effort to make her as well rounded as possible, I would love to start her in English as well. My trainer thinks she'd make a cute little hunter, and I've always wanted to learn Hunt Seat anyways.

I'm a working student and I obviously don't have the budget to by a brand new, 2,000 bates english saddle (the one I really want lol) But I did, however, find this while searching on Stateline and I was wondering what anyone thought on it? It's a value pack, so it comes with a bridle, reins, leathers, irons, everything. And it's only 160, which is RIGHT up my alley.

The reviews are VERY good, but I'm wondering what the quality on this tack would be like. Has anyone ever purchased this? Was your experience a good one? I know nothing about english saddles. I'm born and raised western, so I don't know anything about brands. Does this saddle look like good quality? I just need something to start her in. I'm not sure if I'd be doing any showing. I doubt it, but that's always an option if she likes what we do.

Any and ALL help is very much appreciated.

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    11-12-2010, 08:21 PM
My red flag goes up. Those "starter" packages are always very cheaply made tack sets and will hurt your horse and your position more than you should allow. I reccomend finding an older, "well-worn" English saddle of good quality for a bit less.
    11-12-2010, 08:32 PM
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Hmmm... looks suspiciously like the saddle someone gave me for my kiddo. It's JUNK. We sit around and debate if it's the cheapest, ickiest leather or pleather... nobody can tell for sure!

I would suggest looking on Craigslist for a used saddle with an actual brand name that you recognize.
    11-12-2010, 10:11 PM
EXACTLY what I was thinking. Thanks, y'all!
    11-12-2010, 10:36 PM
Another Option is the Kincade on stateline, I own the whole set. I like it and it has held up well, I only use it for a few local shows and fair, fits my horse and me.
    11-12-2010, 11:30 PM
If you're in western country, I would recommend going to a local austion to find an english saddle. We are a predominantly western region, and my instructor found a saddle, irons, an old show coat, a girth, and a saddle pad all for around $50. And it is a very comfortable english saddle. He uses it for reenactments all the time.
    11-13-2010, 09:39 AM
Don't, don't. Those starters are real junk. I agree, visit the auction (if any), look for used ones. Say, used wintecs are in $200+/- range.
    11-13-2010, 10:51 AM
I got all my nce quality saddles on eBay it's amazin how great of deals you can find on their if you're picky and willing to look!
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    11-13-2010, 02:38 PM
It's cheap, and ill made. I'm definitely going to try and push you into buying used tack. It's much cheaper and you get the quality you want for the price you want. Let us know if you need any help :)
    11-13-2010, 05:51 PM
Thanks guys. Already found four english saddles I'm looking at. I'll let you know which one I choose.

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