Basically what the title says :). I've only bought one new saddle. But because it was a synthetic saddle I'm not sure wether it can be a valid source of my preference. Or rather what I don't prefer, as to me they break-in differently to leather saddles.
So anyway. I have always found new saddles to be a pain to ride in, mainly because of their stiffness. Although in saying that, if the saddle suits the horse, I'll go with it. Of course they're only stiff with their newness for a certain amount of time till they've been broken in so-to-speak. But I've always found that used saddles feel right from the word go. So what do you prefer?
Also. If you've purchased a new saddle, how have you known that it's right for both you and your horse? I mean, I'm sure I would find it quite difficult to decide as to wether the saddle I purchased was in fact the right one, as it's feel is likely to/will change as the leather get's used. And saddles being such a huge investment, though maybe a little insignificant to the horse - LOL, it's a crucial decision that many make.
All (bar the one I mentioned) the saddles I've bought have been used. While I know there can be some dodgy used saddles out there (with broken trees or just in horrible conditions), if you know what to look for you can find yourself a pretty awesome purchase.
I know some new saddles (due to the leather they're made of, or just how they've been conditioned) aren't all that stiff, but there are some that I've ridden in which have seemed to be.
Hope I'm not just weird with my issue with new saddles.
Anyway, feel free to share .