Originally Posted by sdaly
I am looking for a western style. I know its not much $ but I am looking around 500$ if possible.
I am not in endurance racing just yet, But I would like to get a starter saddle and start toning my horse. It will be a little while before I can get into it seriously as Hala is just 3 years now.
You can get a nice saddle for that used. Since he's 3, keep in mind that he will grow and change shape, so you may need a new saddle when he's 4 or 5 years old.
An Abetta might be a good idea, to keep things low cost and nice. I have an Abetta Endurance that held up to 4 years of hard trail riding and is still usbale, though not that pretty anymore, lol. You can find them used $150-250, or new $300-400. Their Endurance saddle is y-rigged, or center-fire rigged, which was too far back for my mare. The saddle would slide forward over her shoulders during our ride. It only cost me $45 to have the rigging moved back to 7/8ths position. It worked like a charm! Their regular QH tree fits a wide variety of horses.
Or you can go treeless, but that will likely put you over you $500 budget, even used
. I really like my Bob Marshall endurance saddle and another friend does long distance riding in a Barefoot Arizona, which "western-y".