With so many saddles available, how do you choose? I feel like I am drowning in options and I don't even know where to begin. I know fit to the horse is vital (and I have read threads, blogs, watched videos etc about it), but I don't even know where to begin to try and see if it fits. My main problem is that I have no tack store around. Everything is online. That means ordering it online, waiting for shipping, trying it, mailing it back and paying for return shipping in most instances. That is a lot of time and money. With so many options and no clue what the differences really are, I would end up trying every saddle and shipping every saddle back. I'm excited for the ability to buy a higher quality saddle, but am feeling overwhelmed.
Here is what I know I want/need:
1.) English or english-style saddle, with a tree
2.) Trail or Dressage (not close contact or all purpose) - use will be for trails and endurance when weather permits and dressage and light jumping (2 ft -2ft 3in) when riding indoor
3. Security and comfort without being restricting
I know saddle preference is individual. I guess I am just looking for suggestions on where to begin. There is a Wintec Isabell that my BO has and is going to let me try. I have to change the gullet because it is too narrow with the one in it.
So how do I start? Are certain styles or brands recommended? Every saddle looks very nice online/catalogue and it is hard to tell the minor differences. I also know that fit changes and I may buy one now an dneed to alter or sell it later, but I don't want to buy the first saddle I sit in and like without wosely shopping around. That is how I got my current sadle.