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    09-24-2012, 03:05 AM
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Hello everyone!

I am new here and I am looking for some advice about buying my first saddle. My trainer has just mentioned that it would be helpful for me to buy my own saddle so I can be in a better position and also to show next summer. I am a sophomore in college and I've ridden pretty much my whole life. I'm looking for a jumping saddle, and as far as research goes that I have done, it's better to invest in a used, well-made saddle than a cheaper new one, and I am on a limited budget. There are three saddles I'm interested in and I need help deciding which is the best option.

The first is a saddle that I like the most although it may not be the best option. Its by Berney Bros in Ireland and it is black, which I really like. I just came back from a trip to Ireland and I could not believe how comfortable and helpful the saddles were in keeping the correct position. I took a jumping clinic there and it was amazing. Here is the link to the saddle...

The second is a more expensive saddle but all I have read/heard are good reviews. It's the M. Toulouse Celine. I found one for $495 even though it has many signs of wear and tear...
I'm also considering buying this one new at around $900 if someone can tell me that it is my best option by far.

The third is an HDR Devrel and it is very used but looks very comfortable. It is $600, is that a good price? I've never had a saddle before so I'm pretty lost on this subject.

I need the right saddle to fit a bunch of different horses because I don't have my own.
I would very much appreciate ANY comments that anyone has, this is a big decision and a lot of money so I want to make the right one!
Thank you,
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    09-24-2012, 03:26 AM
I don't like the second one... it's kind of ugly, lol... I don't know much about them, I'm a western rider, and I have a hard enough time with them! I really do like the Devrel! I have went through so many saddles already. My mare is super picky about her saddle. I got a used one off ebay that matched my friends (which she loves). Later I bought a new version of mine same brand and measurements, excpet it was a barrel saddle. SHE HATES IT! It doesnt fit on either of my horses! LOL! I paid $500 for it! It's very stiff and squeaky and the rigging makes the cinch come back way too far... Idk, lol...

I can tell you that if english saddles are sized the way a western is, that you would be better at picking a wider tree to fit more horses. In western you can always add blankets to make a wide saddle fit a leaner horse, but there is no way you can make a small saddle bigger for a bigger horse. I don't know if that helps at all. I'm assuming english is the same that way. Well, good luck with it!
    09-24-2012, 09:23 AM
Berney Brothers ARE nice saddles. MTs are nice as well (I have one), but the one you posted looks rather ugly, especially for the price they want. I'm not big fan of HDR, and some models are quite a bad quality.

As for one saddle fitting many horses... While some people claim it can be true, personally I haven't seen it to be a case in English world. You can look into interchangeable gullets or adjustable tree saddle - they give some flexibility, other than that I can't really suggest a saddle that will fit every (or almost every) horse.
    09-24-2012, 10:56 AM
What Kitten Val says is perfectly true.

I'm afraid any trainer suggesting otherwise needs...politely taking to one side for a quick chat ;)
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    09-25-2012, 11:53 PM
I have a wintec with interchangeable gullets and I love it! It's black with a leather look, but totally no maintenance. Just wipe it down! And the fit is just lovely. Unfortunately I need to sell all my tack to fix my car :/ I have 2 saddles (the wintec being one of them) bridles, pads, and more for sale. Message me if interested! 650 for the whole lot!
    09-26-2012, 12:28 AM
I like the black saddle. If you wish to try any dressage work, it is the only one that you could sort of "fake" it in. If you already have experienc in this type of saddle and know that you like it, then go for that one.
But, it might not fit ANY horse you ride.

REcently I have bought two saddles online and neither one fits any horse that I ride! So, I must sell two saddles now.
    09-26-2012, 02:33 PM
Interchangeable gullets? Adjustable trees? MAYBE I should ride english!!!
    09-26-2012, 04:37 PM
Originally Posted by Wheatermay    
Interchangeable gullets? Adjustable trees? MAYBE I should ride english!!!
Lol! They should of come up with the same idea for Western! :)
    09-26-2012, 04:51 PM
The Berney Brothers saddle is your best bet. Gorgeous, well made saddle and that's a decent price for it.

Not crazy about the M. Toulouse although I wouldn't mind owning one, just not THAT one.

The HDR, no. Just no.

Plus, as Val stated, those adjustable gullet saddles do not fit a wide variety of horses.
    09-26-2012, 09:33 PM
Look at the foam panel at the front of that HDR saddle. Is it a whopping 1/4" thick? Not much there between the tree and your horse. That would give me the heebie jeebies.

You're on the right track, looking for a quality used saddle. You say you really likes the saddles you rode in in Ireland. Can you put your finger on exactly what you loved about them to narrow down what you're looking for?

Of the 3 you linked to, I like the first one the best. It screams quality. If you've sat in one and liked it, then all that remains is to make sure it will fit your horse. Finding something that will fit all your horses will be pretty much impossible though, unless your horses are cloned. As long as the saddle isn't too narrow, you can get by on an occasional short, light ride with a not-too-badly-fitting saddle using some shims or correction pads in the right places, but it's not a good, permanent solution or anything you want to do on a "performance" type ride. A horrible fit shouldn't be ridden in at all, regardless of how you try to correct for it.

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