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post #1 of 7 Old 09-09-2012, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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New Saddle and Bridle

Hello Everyone!

I am an english rider with 8+ years of expierence showing hunter/jumpers. I am looking into purchasing a horse and doing a bit of eventing in addition to hunter/jumpers. This would be my first horse.

Since I am hoping to be doing mostly hunter/jumpers, i was wondering what kind of saddle bridle and girth would be best. I want something comfortable, as i like to spend time in the saddle (who doesn't?), I would like my tack to match (same color), Priced (total) under $6000. Thanks for your help!

Hannah xx
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-09-2012, 10:27 PM
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Welcome to the Forum! :)

I'd recommend to wait on buying a saddle and bridle till you get a horse. And when you do get as many saddles out and invite saddle fitter to help with the fit.

As for saddles with your budget (that is high) you can look into higher-end saddles: County, Black Country, Passier, etc. Although I have to say I'm very happy with my med-range M Toulouse. :)

As for bridle brands, I really like Nunn Finer.

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Did you mean $6000 total budget for tack or $600?

If $6000 is your budget, you can pretty much get anything you want - new even. I just can't imagine spending $6000 on tack even if I tried really hard. The brands KittenVal mentioned, plus Pessoa, Stubben, Ansur, Beval, Devoucoux, Hermes, Schleese, even a custom saddle. Lots of good less expensive ones too - Thornhill, Wintec, Bates, Collegiate, etc.
If your budget is less than $600, look for the same brands, but used. Take a look at the thread: "Looking for a saddle on a budget?" to get an idea of what some of us have found for a lot less than $6000.

A low-end headstall will run you about $70-$100, including the bit. High-end, you can easily go $300-$400. Look for some of the same brands as the high-end saddles.

A girth will run you anywhere from $30-$200. I like the new contoured neoprene girths that breathe. Roller-buckles are a must to save your billets. Elastic on both ends would be nice, but I've survived just fine with elastic on just one side.

Keep us posted on what you get! We all like to drool over a nice set of tack.

If you really meant $6000 for it all, If I were you, I'd budget $600 for it all instead, buy used, and save the rest for feed, vet bills, lessons, show entry-fees, trip to Fiji, etc.

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Oops, too late to edit my last post - sorry for the double..
For eventing you probably want a breastplate as well. I like Nunn-Finer's breastplates. I like 5-point breastplates, though I haven't been able to afford one myself. I have ridden with one though, and nothing moved, or slid - period.
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A low-end headstall will run you about $70-$100, including the bit. High-end, you can easily go $300-$400. Look for some of the same brands as the high-end saddles.
Lol! Unless you are lucky! I got brand new hunter bridle (awesome leather, made in England) for around $100 (was last item in Dover, so like 70% off).

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Thanks for your help!

Sorry I definately wasn't thinking last night! :P I was so tired when i posted this.
I ment $600-$1500 on the saddle and about $3000 total.
Sorry for the mistake!! :))
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post #7 of 7 Old 09-10-2012, 11:38 AM
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^^ You can still get really nice saddle in that price range either new (MT, Collegiate, etc.) or used one higher quality. :)

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