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post #1 of 15 Old 09-20-2010, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Good Saddle for Starting Out?

I am just starting to teach my western horse English. She is 14 years old, and has never had an english saddle on her back.
I rode her today with an english bridle I have, that thankfully fits her perfectly! :)
I rode bareback, as I don't have an english saddle.

I am wondering if anyone knows of some fairly good quality a/p saddles that will be good to start out with, and hopefully still use in the future for showing.
I was also considering, getting one of those cheap saddles for like $200, and just use it when starting out.
And, down the road, we could move up to a more expensive saddle for showing with.

I am going to be doing mainly english with my horse, starting out with dressage, and taking it to jumping in the future.

Does anyone know some decent used/new saddles for under $350?

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Its more about finding a saddle that fits the horse and yourself than the budget. For a budget saddle, the argentine saddles are nice. The leather isn't butter soft but it does the job and they actually come in several different tree sizes so you can fit your horse. You can usually pick up a Cortina or a Borelli on ebay for under $200.

What kind of horse do you have? Does she have a wide back? High withers?
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Its more about finding a saddle that fits the horse and yourself than the budget. For a budget saddle, the argentine saddles are nice. The leather isn't butter soft but it does the job and they actually come in several different tree sizes so you can fit your horse. You can usually pick up a Cortina or a Borelli on ebay for under $200.

What kind of horse do you have? Does she have a wide back? High withers?
Of course fitting is my #1 priority. But, the budget is in place, because that's all we can afford! :]

She is a quarter horse, medium back and she has fairly high withers, more than the average quarter horse.

Thanks!

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Hmmm...this one is going off fairly soon...but I thought it was worth mentioning. Looks to be a nice saddle with lots of clearance for a high wither. I am by no means a saddle fitter...but for $100...you can't beat a courbette.
Courbette All Purpose Jumping Saddle - eBay (item 170540124349 end time Sep-20-10 21:06:32 PDT)
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Oh wow! That is ending VERY soon, and for really cheap!
Aren't courbettes really expensive normally?
I guess I could buy it, if it doesnt work out, I could always sell it here... I don't have an ebay account or paypal, so I'd better hurry, if I'm getting it! Haha

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It says they only ship to the US though, I'm in canada :(

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LOL sorry I am an ebay addict! I was actually on looking at western saddles when I saw your post!
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Haha That's awesome! Ebay has some amazing deals! Is this one a good saddle?
It's only at $50 right now :)
Lemetex / Courbette (Stubben) dressage saddle! On eBay.ca (item 220670273041 end time 26-Sep-10 08:08:16 EDT)

And this one!
http://cgi.ebay.ca/17-CROSBY-ENGLISH...item2a0a5bdc2a

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It is a beauty...however it is in GB and would cost about $80 to have it shipped...and that $50 is 50 GBP...around $80...still a good price on a stubben...but its also a wide tree...If you mare isn't a thick QH or warmblood...It will probably be too wide.

I like the looks of this courbette. 16" Courbette Kadett AP English Saddle Regular Tree EUC - eBay (item 260664662650 end time Sep-21-10 13:29:03 PDT)

They mention international shipping too...
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