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post #1 of 14 Old 01-11-2010, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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have a question

I am new to this site and I am getting a horse for my daughter and I need some ideas of what is some better lower end tack that someone that is just starting out would need? The horse is a rescued 13 yr. Old spotted saddle that was used as a trail horse. We have nothing we are starting from scratch. Thanks you in advance for any help.
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-11-2010, 11:29 PM
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Western or english? Because you said a trail horse, I am guessing western.

Abetta makes great stuff for just starting out, as far as saddles go. They are synthetic, but are lightweight, SUPER easy to keep clean, and are really comfy!

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post #3 of 14 Old 01-11-2010, 11:32 PM
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For what riding style? If your doing western type things I would try this site, it has both leather saddles and if you want to go even less expensive it has synthetic saddles as well
Tackwholesale.com : Quality Tack & Equestrian Supplies - All Western Saddles
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post #4 of 14 Old 01-11-2010, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry about that we are going to do western.
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post #5 of 14 Old 01-11-2010, 11:44 PM
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I would defiantly check out
Saddles : Tackwholesale.com : Quality Tack & Equestrian Supplies
Abetta has Great synthetic saddles, I personally own a Abetta endurance saddle and have had it for over 5 years with no problems at all.
If you want to go with a leather saddle I would try the Tahoe Performance saddle from this site as well.
There are alot of great priced saddles on this site.
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post #6 of 14 Old 01-11-2010, 11:59 PM
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It would be best to go used or synthetic. For western saddles, look for older Circle Y, Textan, Herford, Billy Cook, or anything that is "vintage" or "antique" that is in good shape still. If you want new, check out Abetta or Fabtron synthetic saddles. Both are good USA made brands, and will be light enough for your daughter to carry.
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post #7 of 14 Old 01-12-2010, 12:02 AM
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I would defiantly check out
Saddles : Tackwholesale.com : Quality Tack & Equestrian Supplies
Abetta has Great synthetic saddles, I personally own a Abetta endurance saddle and have had it for over 5 years with no problems at all.
If you want to go with a leather saddle I would try the Tahoe Performance saddle from this site as well.
There are alot of great priced saddles on this site.
Be careful with this web site. While I have purchased a couple of good things from them, most of their "lesser known" brands are pretty cheaply made, usually imported from China or India. My husband got an aussie from them a while back (it's no longer on their site) and the stirrup bar BENT on his first time up in the saddle, and he used a mounting block!!! I bought a pair of thier paddock boots for my daughter and they barely lasted on riding season before falling apart.

You do get what you pay for, which I why I recommend going used when you're on a budget. You'll get a lot higher quality equipment for your money.
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post #8 of 14 Old 01-12-2010, 07:21 AM
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If she rides English I'd suggest to look into Wintec, if western - into Abetta. It's if you want a NEW saddle. And you can always look into nice used leather saddle (whether english or western).

I don't like tackwholesale. I bought from there before and quality was bad. You ALWAYS get what you pay for (unless you are lucky to find a great deal on something used or hand-made).
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post #9 of 14 Old 01-12-2010, 03:30 PM
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Generally speaking, buy the best quality tack that you can afford....be it stock or hunt seat.

If you are on a limited budget, I'd suggest going the route of name brand, used items vs. items of cheaper quality that may appear to be a better value as they typically are not.

Good luck with your new horse.

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post #10 of 14 Old 01-12-2010, 04:32 PM
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I would also suggest going to a local horse and tack auction.
Take someone experienced that maybe has seen your horse to help you pick out a saddle that would best fit your horse as well as your daughter!
Right now with the economy being so bad, alot of good deals on tack are showing up at auctions!
If you choose to go to the auction, DO take someone with experience to make sure the tack you are buying is in safe condition!
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