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        02-23-2008, 12:50 AM
      #21
    Weanling
    Re: price of a good saddle

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by moonflame994
    i jump around that same hight and I use a Cambridge all purpose/jumping saddle I got off eBay for dirt cheap Cambridge is a very good brand.
    BTW, there's 2 different Cambridges. An older Cambridge, Made in England, yes, a nice saddle. The new, mass produced (I think in India) Cambridge saddles...garbage!
         
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        02-23-2008, 08:57 PM
      #22
    Foal
    Ohhh, hope you got the right one!
    So if a saddle is made in england will it be ok for a first saddle?
    And are the saddles used in lessons generally not too nice?
    Those are the only ones i've ever used and I like them, they are nice and worn out. They are the general purpose saddles.
         
        02-23-2008, 09:02 PM
      #23
    Showing
    Quote:
    and are the saddles used in lessons generally not too nice?
    Those are the only ones i've ever used and I like them, they are nice and worn out. They are the general purpose saddles.

    Yech, lesson saddles... at least at my barn, they were older and very very well-used. They usually weren't the most comfortable things to sit in. Reason being, there are a zillion kids using them that scratch them, and they do get beaten up... best keep the good saddles somewhere else!
         
        02-23-2008, 09:07 PM
      #24
    Foal
    I wouldn't really know, never had my own saddle or anything, but the lesson saddles at my barn are very comfortable to my knowledge. The leather is nice and soft.
         
        02-23-2008, 09:08 PM
      #25
    Showing
    He he some are! But the ones I grew up with were like rocks... I much prefer my comfy one...
         
        02-23-2008, 10:32 PM
      #26
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by otis07
    and are the saddles used in lessons generally not too nice?
    It really depends on the barn. Some barns invest in quality saddles 1) for the benefit of their lesson horses and 2) to offer their riders a more secure and well balanced ride...it's easier to learn and riders won't have to "fight" with their tack!

    But yes, many times lesson saddles are the old, beat up, worn out, hard things!

    One barn I rode at had this dirty tackroom that went on for miles! Most of the "new" lesson saddles (cheap quality, but newer) were at the front of the tackroom and would be all ready with stirrup leathers attached, etc. Most people used those. I'm an organizational freak, so one day I asked if I could clean out the tack room (of course, they agreed!) In the way back of the tackroom I found this old Stubben buried under a stack of saddles and blankets and dust. I cleaned it up and that saddle was GREAT! I had my first ever jumping lesson in that saddle.
         
        02-23-2008, 11:17 PM
      #27
    Foal
    Ok, thanks. I can't beleive you asked to clean out the tack room! That's hillarious. How high are you jumping now? And how long have you been jumping?
         
        02-24-2008, 12:57 AM
      #28
    Yearling
    Depends on what you think is a 'good' saddle. I've never had a horse that was easy to fit so the cheapest I've been able to find was $1500. It was an Ashland and I absolutely love it, it's fit almost ever horse I've put it on and I think its really comfy and has held up very well, my trainer has one that is a little under 20 years old.

    And yeah, the kind of schooling tack really depends on the barn. I board at a very small facility where almost all the horses are owned, so are 'schooling' tack is either my trainers very well maintained tack or the owners tack. But I'm at a crazy show barn so we clean our tack after ever ride and keep them in bridle bags and saddle covers. When I was first taking lessons I went to a huge facility and the tack was very beat up and most of the saddles were as hard as rocks. They were basically the cheapest used saddles that the place could find, but they served their purpose...
         
        02-24-2008, 06:22 PM
      #29
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by otis07
    ok, thanks. I can't beleive you asked to clean out the tack room! That's hillarious. How high are you jumping now? And how long have you been jumping?
    Yeah, I'm kind of a tack-room neat-freak! For the life of me, I can't keep my apartment clean though!!

    I actually haven't been jumping much lately. Back when I was taking lessons pretty intensely (maybe 6 years ago), I was working 3'6" courses...mostly on a Fjord Pony! It was a ton of fun!! Now that I have my own, first horse, we just do a ton of ground work and some little 1' - 1'6" jumps for fun. He's pretty green still. But he's BIG, so I can't wait to get him really working well over jumps.
         
        02-25-2008, 07:12 PM
      #30
    Foal
    Lol, I guess so! 3' 6" on a pony, that must have been fun! I love jumping with ponies. How big is your boy? And good luck training him.
         

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