Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
My immediate thought is - no, don't use it. It looks quite old, and (difficult to tell size from the photos) it looks like a pony saddle. What size of horse and rider are you?
On the age thing; old isn't necessarily a problem if it has been cared for but the immediate thing that I think I see is very uneven padding underneath - over time the flocking inside the saddle will bunch up and become hard in places. The result of this is that the horse doesn't have a nice even pressure on his back, but a series of lumps and ridges which will become uncomfortable.
It's not okay to just put a thick pad underneath as English saddles aren't designed to fit with thick pads, and the result can be like putting a too thick pair of socks on with some close fitting shoes - just more squeezing.
Can you get a saddler to look at it without paying a call out fee?
Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.