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        03-24-2008, 11:09 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    My budget is around 150-250. My parents are paying for half, I need it by this summer, and I don't have a job. I'm looking for really cheap. I always thought kincade was good. I might consider a wintec, but I can't find the right color. Black might look good, but i'm not sure. This is my horse:



    I wanted a dark brown, which wintec doesn't come in from what i've seen.

    I'm not sure. I'm not even sure I'm buying the horse, but I want everything set out before so I can impress my parents. LOL

    http://www.statelinetack.com/itemdy0...733846%201650R
    What about that kincade?
         
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        03-25-2008, 02:12 AM
      #22
    Showing
    The wintec 500 with the CAIR panels is a good first time saddle for what you are looking for and would be much better than the crudy ones you initially posted.
         
        03-25-2008, 02:48 AM
      #23
    Weanling
    Hey, I don't like Wintecs (or any synthetics) either! Don't let these guys bully you into getting a Wintec! hehe
    If you truly need/want an adjustable gullet, Collegiate, Bates, and Pessoa all make them in leather saddles (maybe other brands too?)

    Anyways,

    Do listen when everyone says "THAT'S CRAP!" about all those "Brand New" $150 saddle sets. Because, they are crap. They won't last long, the color will flake off, they'll be painful for your horse, and probably painful for you too!

    And anything Made in India...don't even go there! More crap!

    As suggested, check out used saddles and try for something Made in England, France, Germany...basically anywhere in Europe. Check out http://www.craigslist.org for people selling locally. Then you can actually go feel the saddle and sit in it.

    If needed, you can put off buying stirrup leathers and irons and put the money into a quality saddle. You'll get a strong seat and good balance and can always buy those pieces later when you have the cash.
         
        03-25-2008, 10:49 AM
      #24
    Weanling
    Okay, i've picked two saddles, and i'm going to get one of them.

    I just need to know which one.

    http://www.mmtackshop.com/kiclcosa.html
    That's a Kincade Close-Contact.

    http://www.mmtackshop.com/collegiate.html
    That's a Collegiate Close-Contact.

    Which one?
         
        03-25-2008, 10:53 AM
      #25
    Showing
    If you have no other choice, go with the second one.
         
        03-25-2008, 02:42 PM
      #26
    Weanling
    That's the one I was thinking about because my horse needs a wide tree. And no, I don't have any other choices. My sister's graduating this year and they have to pay for college and my horse. I don't have the money to get a $700 saddle.
         
        03-25-2008, 03:49 PM
      #27
    Showing
    No worries. I remember way back when I got my first horse. My parents were on a tight budget and I also had to get a less expensive saddle for a few years.

    We all had to start there.
         
        03-25-2008, 03:54 PM
      #28
    Weanling
    What type of saddle did you have?
         
        03-25-2008, 03:59 PM
      #29
    Showing
    To tell you the truth I don't even remember. It probably was something close to the first saddle you posted.
         
        03-25-2008, 04:15 PM
      #30
    Yearling
    Glad you have decided :)

    I was going to say this is what my instructor told when I bought a saddle:

    1. Don't buy saddles off ebay
    2. Don't get a black one (for showing reasons)
    3. Good quality leather
    4. 2nd hand & good is better than new and cheap

    So I ended up getting a 2nd hand one for about 250 or 350 quid and have had no problems ...yet lol
         

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