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!