Originally Posted by Horsecrazy4ever
I need a 15 to 16 inch Western ( I ride both comfortably)
A 17 to 17.5 inch English --- It's weird though how some adults say that they are riding in a 16 inch seat( and they are BIGGER then me ) - Not sure what to think of that.
If an adult (of normal stature) is riding in a 16" English saddle, they are blissfully unaware that their saddle is way too small. 16" saddles generally fit kids age 10-16 or so pretty well. You'd have to be very petite adult to use one and have it fit right. If you are comfortable in a 15-16" Western, don't even think about a 16" or 16.5" English.
One thing I find odd about the saddle in your opening post is that BOTH ID plates are missing? There should be one on each side - one above each stirrup bar. Very odd that both are gone. I've never seen a name-plate come off any saddle, and I've had some saddles that were over 50 years old.
If I were in your situation, here's what I'd do:
-1- Look at some of the English seat size calculators and get a very close idea of your seat size. You're almost certainly 17" or 17.5". Don't bother looking at other sized saddles
-2- Take your wither-tracing and get a good idea of your tree-size. Sounds like you've narrowed it down to a M/W or Wide. Make sure you're confident in this.
-3- For the type of riding you described you'll be doing, you'll be happiest in an all-purpose saddle, so focus on that and not dressage or jumping.
Now you have things narrowed down quite a bit...
-4- Note the brands that I listed. Every other day or so, search for those brands on eBay or Craigslist or Tacktrader. EBay lets you set up an automated alert e-mail thingy.
One WILL pop up. I got a beautiful Passier in great shape a few months ago. Including all the stuff used to restore it and shipping, it was $105 (with irons/leathers). My friend kept watch for about a month, and got a great old Passier Comet jumping saddle with new flocking for $85 including shipping and leathers/irons. I've seen Stubbens with some wear, but in great usable shape, go for right around $100. These deals aren't all over the place, but if you can wait just a month or two and are willing to keep a keen eye out, you will find a good one. These are good saddles that run $2000-$3000 new. They last and last and put you in a great position. If you go for the first cheap saddle you find, there's a good chance neither you nor your horse will be happy, and you'll waste a bunch of time trying to re-sell the thing and find another one. In the month or two you spend waiting and watching, you'll probably have just a little more money saved up for fittings and girth too.
I'll be happy to keep an eye out for something, and I'll PM you if I find something. I look for saddles for a few people, so I'll just throw you in the mix.
If you wait a month and end up with a REAL saddle, you will be soooo much happier than if you hurry up and get something that's no good. A month or two isn't long.
And to answer your previous question, yes, I'm pretty sure that Wintec would have been far better than the one in your opening post, but more pics and info on that one would tell for sure.
Name plates don't fall off really good saddles...
Take a look at these recently ended auctions on Stubbens. They are out there in your price range. If you're horse needs a M/W to Wide, you'd be looking at probably a 32cm tree in a Stubben. Or even a 34 cm. That's a big difference. So you really do need a good wither-tracing. http://www.ebay.com/sch/Saddles-/472...&LH_Complete=1