Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
I have yet to meet a $50 saddle I like or think is a halfway decent saddle. Looking at older, used saddles might be a good idea as well- you might spend a little more off the bat, but save just as much or more on vet/chiro when your horse needs treatments for a sore back.
I got it really for the cinch, hoping it would fit my Aussie (no luck, buckles are too small for the wider strap). I figured since I got it, I might as well stick it up and strap it on, see how it looks and fits (not all that well, apparently!). Cinch fits him though, so now I know what to look for in terms of finding one to fit the Aussie
I'll be taking it with me next time and I'll try to remember to bring my camera. IF it's not merrily storming tomorrow then pictures shall be taken. Like I said, absolutely no clue on English saddles. I've heard of riser pads and considered the possibility of Red really needing one if I ever want to ride him English, due to his funky withers.
Aussie fits him fine, more heavily padded I suppose. Wither clearance is great and it snuggles on nicely. Haven't rode him in it yet, but I shall!
I figure for $50, I can use it as a desensitizing tool. A saddle to wave around, toss on, pull off, etc. to get the greenies used to the 'spooky jingling thing'.
Red gave me a
look when I showed up with it. He's seen the Western and the Aussie, but never an actual English saddle!
Divo's my next victim. He's never, ever, had a saddle so much as touch his back. This little thing is light weight enough to easily take on and off, compared to my lightweight, but bulky, Western that can more easily be caught on things.
The removable stirrups are just genius. I wish Western saddles had the same thing.