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    05-23-2012, 12:19 PM
Green Broke
Is this a good saddle or not?

Riviera All Purpose English Saddle 17" - Alberta Livestock For Sale - Kijiji Alberta

I like it, and I'm in the market for a decent used english saddle, so what do you think of it?
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    05-23-2012, 01:38 PM
The ad is not there anymore. But I have to say I've never heard about the brand, so I wonder how is the quality. (not that I'm an expert , but I did quite a bit of research on saddles when I was looking for one for my own mares, and don't remember the brand Riviera to be mentioned anywhere)
    05-23-2012, 02:00 PM
Got some here in Saskatchewan

5 English saddles for sale
    05-23-2012, 02:29 PM
I've not heard of Riviera either and couldn't see the ad to provide more input on this saddle.

What price range are you looking for and what type of back/withers does your horse have?

Are you looking to use it with a certain discipline (hunter, jumper, eventing, trail)?
    05-23-2012, 03:22 PM
Green Broke
That is a cheaper brand saddle. They sell them at State Line Tack.

GH has some nice used saddles there, I was looking at them myself but then was lucky enough to win the one I wanted on ebay.

If your horse is hard to fit I would look at an older, well made, good name saddle.
    05-23-2012, 04:58 PM
Green Broke
I'm looking for either a CC or an AP that leans more towards the jumper look (forward flaps).

I need a 17-17.5", and I'm thinking medium/medium wide tree.

Thoughts on these?
    05-23-2012, 05:09 PM
Green Broke
Just make sure to get tree measurements as each brand and person has a different idea of what equals a medium or wide or anything.
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    05-23-2012, 05:11 PM
Green Broke
Well, my horses fit regular QH bars, which is about 6/7" gullet I believe, and if it happens to be too big on a smaller horse, I wont be showing, so I could probably just put a western pad under it.
    05-23-2012, 05:16 PM
Green Broke
English saddles are much harder to fit than western I think. There's a lot more that goes into it. I'm still learning about it myself. A one inch difference can make a huge impact on how it fits. Get exact measurements to make life easier. Make sure the channel is wide enough also.
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    05-23-2012, 08:25 PM
Originally Posted by QHriderKE    
I wouldn't recommend no brand saddle personally. More often than not they are cheap and junky. I do think GH has some nice brands to offer, so you may want to look into hers, or at least look for some better brands in your area (Wintec including) than no-name ones.

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