Hi all! :) So last night me and my coach were talking about how it'd be worthwhile for me to buy a dressage saddle sometime in the future. In the winter we ride in a pretty small indoor arena that's just a bit too small to comfortably/effectively jump in, so the winter months are pretty much exclusively dedicated to flatwork and improving how we ride, and - for me this winter - teaching my guy how to better carry himself in a frame and use his whole body, as opposed to being a giraffe pony, LOL. With this in mind me & my coach thought it'd be a good investment for whenever I can afford it.
So my question to you guys is - what would you recommend? :) I'm a student planning to buy this in a few months when I have a bit of my own money, so there's a little bit of a limit ($1000-$1500, give or take), but I'd still like something that's definitely quality - I'd rather invest a lot at the beginning then have to buy 2 because the first was crap! I'd prefer something wool-flocked, and ideally one with an EasyChange gullet system...sometimes my guy's weight can fluctuate a bit when it's not as easy to ride in the winter because of weather.
Right now I own + ride in a 16" Collegiate Diploma Convertible, which fits my wide, witherless pudgy pony perfectly. I'm only 5'1, but I've got pretty long legs for someone my height...they're the same length as my dad's, whose 5'6-5'7! Made for ponies, haha.
So if any of you have any advice for what's fit horses of a similar build, what's fit you, etc, let me know! I'm all ears! :)