11-30-2012, 12:18 AM
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You should hold off on buying your tack until you have the horse first. I bought a show saddle for my show season years ago for the school horse I was going to buy, the sale fell threw and I never bought the horse. He took a 46" cinch. By a very lucky chance that saddle fit the horse I eventually bought years later, however the cinch was 10" too big and caused both my horse and I a lot of problems, such as saddle slipping which lead to discomfort and lots of bucking/rearing. It's better to get your horse first and measure him properly so that you can buy him proper fitting tack. I know buying stuff for your first horse is exciting, believe me I still go hog wild at the Pleasant Ridge tent sales, but it's better for you and your horse to have tack that fits and is comfortable.