Okay, so I have been needing to get my own saddle. I have been borrowing a friends for a while, but honestly it doesn't fit Jake properly and due to him being off I am considering anything and everything may be causing it. So I no longer will use that saddle. But I have no idea how to shop for a saddle that will fit both me and him. =\
I know that I fit decently in a 17 regular flap saddle. And Jake I think requires a wide (He is stocky build) but due to his age, he has higher withers and finding a wide saddle that won't sit on his withers is becoming a pain in my rear. I am hoping he needs a wide, from the saddle fitting videos I have seen I believe his tendon is about 4-5 finger lengths apart.
If Jake remains sound I have a goal of doing Jumpers and eventing. Anyone know of brands that will be wide but still have a good clearance around his withers?
I am looking at a budget of under $850 and mostly looking at used saddles over ebay and consignment shops in my area. But I honestly don't know what saddles would be a steal and which ones I should avoid. Any and all advice would be great.