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post #11 of 15 Old 12-08-2012, 04:52 PM
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I've bought one saddle online and was very satisfied with what I got, but like SR said, you need to know what seat size you want, the tree type (roper, barrel, trail, etc), and what size/angle the tree needs to be to fit your horse.

Buying from a picture only, I stick with bigger name brands that are known for their quality. That way, you won't be unpleasantly surprised when you open the box for the first time.

This was the saddle that I ordered and I couldn't have asked for better quality.
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I have bought several saddles online, and some, I have resold, since they were purchased on eBay and not returnable. However, I have basically broken even, and did get exactly what I want in my budget that way. When you look, like has been said-know what fits you, and your horse, as well as what you like and what fits what you do (roping, reining, etc). It is critical, if you are looking at something like eBay, tacktrader, etc, that you know not only what the seat, gullet, etc measures, but please look at HOW and WHERE they measure. many people measure in all different places, and that is the only way you can compare it to what you actually need and what will fit. For example, someone may say a saddle it a 16, when in fact it is 16 to the cantle stitching, but padded to a 15.5.....which won;t work if you need a 16.

Another way is, yes to go with one from a place that allows returns-but shipping can get really expensive.

Good luck! Happy shopping!

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I bot a very nice circle Y from someone on this forum and a nice Stacy Westfall bareback pad from someone on this forum. Both sellers were upfront so no surprises when both items arrived. When measuring the seat of a saddle the stitch line gives an inaccurate measure as it is actually behind the top edge of the cantle. it is best to dig the fingers in to find the top edge. And as mentioned hard padding can reduce the size another 1/2 ".
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I bot a very nice circle Y from someone on this forum and a nice Stacy Westfall bareback pad from someone on this forum. Both sellers were upfront so no surprises when both items arrived. When measuring the seat of a saddle the stitch line gives an inaccurate measure as it is actually behind the top edge of the cantle. it is best to dig the fingers in to find the top edge. And as mentioned hard padding can reduce the size another 1/2 ".
I know, but when you are dealing with all sorts on some of these sites-they have NO clue how to measure a gullet or a seat.

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post #15 of 15 Old 12-08-2012, 06:27 PM
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I have hard to fit horses so I've purchased many, many saddles. Most have been on ebay. You're gotten some good advice about what to avoid.

Get to know what the quality brands of saddles are and try to stick with those.
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