Originally Posted by MinuitMouse
Well, I won't be getting a pony for 'a few years'
It doesn't come in a saddle package, I already was quite weary of that.
You bring up a good point, why not just use the western saddles if you're just pleasure riding? I will have a look at them :)
As for vet costs, yes I will try to buy some of the smaller things myself if possible (girth, martingale, buckets, hay nets, salt licks etc) and in other threads I mentioned we will probably get a discount- my cousins fiancÚ is a horse specialized vet and trainer, and he is a large animal vet.
I am setting up a reserve fund as of now, and since I am also jobless, I will have to look for one to get some extra bucks in. At least the board money from the boarder will cover the cost of hay, and a small fraction of other things.
Ok... I think I understand the situation a bit better. So you're going to be getting the pony in a few years, and won't need a saddle until that point. Obviously making sure that you have some sort of emergency fun (If your family isn't willing to put the money aside) is top priority, but start saving now for your English saddle in addition if you can. In the meantime, I'd start cleaning up those old Western saddles and make sure they're useable when the time comes. If you keep them indoors they won't require much maintenance until the time comes to use them.
Another thing to consider in your saddle search is that plain flap saddles (those without knee rolls or blocks) are not in style currently. Because of this you can find some really good deals on plain flap saddles. Good brand names often times, just not as stylish nowadays.