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post #1 of 11 Old 06-30-2011, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Is it horrible I want a saddle that fits me? (slight rant)

Today I had a horse show. I don't own a horse or saddle, so I was using my instructors saddle. I'm not sure what type of saddle it was, but it had large swells, a mediun high-ish cantle, and a large width saddle horn.

Anyway, the saddle was too big for me. The stirrups were too long (even in the top hole), and the seat was roomy. Needless to say, the way the saddle fit me really made it difficult for me to maintain proper postion and ride out the horses gaits (A three year old who hasn't quite learned that its possible to lope at a speed under 900 miles an hour.:roll:)

Well, after a good 20 minute discussion with my instructor, my Ag teacher, and a lady I help take care of her horses, I came to the conclusion the reason I'm having trouble with loping and keeping a correct postion while riding is the saddles I ride in don't "encourage" me to. I've ride consistantly in 5-6 different saddles (depends on what I'm doing and what horse I ride)

In just under a month, I'll be turning 18. I'm going to be a senior this coming year, and I've mad e up my mind that I am going to an Agricultural school and obtain a degree in Horse Management. Because of that, I'm going to need to take a saddle with me to college. Looking at what my riding goals are, I think I'd do well in a reining saddle. I do a lot of cattle work, and I'd love to get into reining. So I have more reasons to get a saddle than "itz pweddy".

Also, I'm looking into buying a used saddle. While I love how shiny and beautiful a new saddle looks, my parents or myself don't have $800-$2,500 to shell out on a brand new saddle. I think $200-$500 is a reasonable price range to look in.

Today, I went to my mom and asked her if I could get a saddle for my birthday. As I expected, she asked why, and I explained the above to her. Her response; "I'm not going to hand you 30 dollars just so you can go get a saddle when you can borrow one for free."

Ugh. I'm not trying to be a spoiled brat. I understand in today's economy $300 dollars is a decent chunk of change. But in the long run I think its a good time to get my saddle. With college in a year, there's going to be so many expenses that come with that that I think getting a few purchases out of the way now won't put my family in such a hole next year. I already have spent the last year collecting grooming supplies, bits, reins, a headstall, saddle pads, and other things (most of which was bought with my money or gotten as christmas gifts, so it didn't come out of mom and dad's wallet) Also, getting a saddle that fits me is going to help me improve my riding (and I know it won't be a miracle fix, but it won't be hindering my riding anymore). Is it really that bad I want $300 to buy a saddle for my birthday?

Sorry, rant over. Cookies for those of you who read that.
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I don't think it's wrong of you to want to buy a properly fitting saddle, not at all. However, I don't think it's fair of you to expect your parents to buy the saddle for you. It would be a great gift, sure, but you shouldn't expect them to purchase it for you.

Do you have a job that you could put some money away every paycheck and buy the saddle for yourself? If your family asks what you want for your birthday, maybe you could suggest that they all pool their money together into one gift and they can ALL buy the saddle. $300 is a big bill to swallow; $40 or $50 isn't as bad. At the very least, you would have a fair chunk of money to put toward the saddle even if they didn't pool enough to buy the whole thing.
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I don't think it's wrong of you to want to buy a properly fitting saddle, not at all. However, I don't think it's fair of you to expect your parents to buy the saddle for you. It would be a great gift, sure, but you shouldn't expect them to purchase it for you.

Do you have a job that you could put some money away every paycheck and buy the saddle for yourself? If your family asks what you want for your birthday, maybe you could suggest that they all pool their money together into one gift and they can ALL buy the saddle. $300 is a big bill to swallow; $40 or $50 isn't as bad. At the very least, you would have a fair chunk of money to put toward the saddle even if they didn't pool enough to buy the whole thing.
I do see your point, and I didn't ask for exactly $300 from my mom. I told her the price range I was looking for, but thats the amount I'm really aming to be at or under. I guess I could use the birthday money I get from the rest of my family and friends to help pay for it, and I've got $60 coming to me next week from a job I worked.

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Perhaps you can get a job and ask your mom to split the cost 50/50?
You won't get it immediatly, obviously, but it's better than never?
Check ebay or some local tack auctions (if you know what you need in a saddle) for a good deal.
Don't be angry at your mom for not giving you $300 on the spot to buy a saddle. I don't know your parents obviously, but if I told my mom to buy me a saddle right there she would tell me 'heck no!'. I usually have to work for it or help reduce costs around the house (I asked my mom to shut down t.v because I wanted to save money to take an extra riding lesson per week. baha :P)
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Perhaps you can get a job and ask your mom to split the cost 50/50?
You won't get it immediatly, obviously, but it's better than never?
Check ebay or some local tack auctions (if you know what you need in a saddle) for a good deal.
Don't be angry at your mom for not giving you $300 on the spot to buy a saddle. I don't know your parents obviously, but if I told my mom to buy me a saddle right there she would tell me 'heck no!'. I usually have to work for it or help reduce costs around the house (I asked my mom to shut down t.v because I wanted to save money to take an extra riding lesson per week. baha :P)
I don't expect $300 dollars in my wallet tomorrow. (It'd be nice though ) I understand my parents taking pause in giving me the money. I'm a little more "upset" my mom didn't take the time to discuss my reasons for getting one.

We have quite a few tack auctions around here, and I was going to ask my instructor to come with me so I know I'm getting a saddle that works for me. And I don't expect to have a saddle picked out before my birthday either.
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You are turning 18, are you graduating from high school or already did? wouldn't that make a nice graduation gift?
Can you buy one from your trainer , and pay on installments?
I believe if I were your parent, and I saw a determined daughter who was looking into her future, I would get you the saddle, but I dont' know your parents' financial position.

There is a product made by Cashel called a "saddle shrinker" that you can strap onto a saddle that has a seat that is too big for you. My friend had a 16.5 seat saddle and even though I have a rear the size of California, I was still swimming in it and found that I was constantly behind the motion of the horse at posting the trot (this is in a Western saddle, mind you. I pretty much always post). The little gizmo made the saddle about a half size smaller, or more, and it felt much better.
Look online at the cashel website.
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I don't expect $300 dollars in my wallet tomorrow. (It'd be nice though ) I understand my parents taking pause in giving me the money. I'm a little more "upset" my mom didn't take the time to discuss my reasons for getting one.

We have quite a few tack auctions around here, and I was going to ask my instructor to come with me so I know I'm getting a saddle that works for me. And I don't expect to have a saddle picked out before my birthday either.
I'm glad you're understanding :p Money is hard these days.
I hope I didn't come off as rude bahaha emotions are hard in writing.
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What you might consider doing is scrimping and saving up all the money you can on your own, work odd jobs like babysitting, mowing lawns, or cleaning stalls for what money you can, then discuss splitting the cost of a saddle with your parents for either a birthday or graduation gift. That way, the total cost isn't coming from either your pocket or theirs and maybe between the two of you, you can get a slightly higher cost/better quality saddle.

Believe me, I know how bad it sucks having to ride in saddles that don't fit you. For most of my life, I rode in my Dad's roping saddles (which are 16 inch seats, I ride a 14.5 or a 15 depending on style). I was always wondering why my hips would hurt after every ride and why I couldn't sit spooks and bucks like I felt I should be able to. Then I got a saddle that fits me and the difference was miraculous. I don't hurt, my seat is much better, I can feel the horse better, and it's not a workout to keep my hands and legs independent from my seat.

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I ALWAYS look for saddle to fit my bum as well as my horse. Because if its uncomfortable for me it won't put me in right position AND I won't enjoy the ride. So I'd say it's a way to go.

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