I am contemplating buying a used saddle(s) to use for a horse that I take weekly lessons on and have shown in a few BBN events - we will be doing BN next year. The saddle I currently use is a very worn, synthetic all purpose.
I'm torn on whether or not to spend the money and buy a leather dressage saddle and an all purpose/close contact, (in the $400-$800 range for each,) OR jsut buy a decent, leather all purpose saddle (in the $400-$600 price range,) OR by a Wintec all purpose 500 w/CAIR (in the $200-$400 price range.) I probably have to buy leathers and stirrups too if the saddle does not come with them or if they are beat up.
I have found many leather dressage and all purpose saddles for sale in numerous places on the Internet, most of which do not come with a trial period. So I am hesitant to buy off of the Internet when all I have to go on is a few pictures.
Could someone please shed some light on this very confusing decision for me?