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post #11 of 18 Old 10-07-2013, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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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.


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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 fiancé 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.

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post #12 of 18 Old 10-07-2013, 06:06 PM
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If the saddles are dirty and dry, don't be afraid to turn the hose on them. If very dry the leather will suck up the water as it lands. Leave them to sit out of the sun to partially dry then saddle soap them. Before the leather is completely dry and the pores are open, that is the time to oil. A small paint brush simplifies this. Let the saddles sit about a week to allow the oil to soak in as much as it will. If any remains sitting on top of the leather, just rub it in by hand, smearing it around and generating a little heat.
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post #13 of 18 Old 10-07-2013, 09:11 PM
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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.


@DraftyAiresmum
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 fiancé 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.
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post #14 of 18 Old 10-08-2013, 08:16 AM Thread Starter
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I was looking on a North American website, that sells tack and has stores too. A lot of the stuff that I picked out (haven't bought it yet, but if we go in a couple years and fit them to my pony and they are good quality) is from the brand VALA, is this a good brand? They seem to have good looking leather but I will have to go into the store to confirm... Everything from the brand in the description says something like

Easily the best price in America...built with economy in mind...

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I was looking on a North American website, that sells tack and has stores too. A lot of the stuff that I picked out (haven't bought it yet, but if we go in a couple years and fit them to my pony and they are good quality) is from the brand VALA, is this a good brand? They seem to have good looking leather but I will have to go into the store to confirm... Everything from the brand in the description says something like

Easily the best price in America...built with economy in mind...
That would be a definite no-go or me. Anything that totes their super low price and the fact that they are "built with economy in mind" means that they are not built with quality in mind. A quick and easy google search shows some very poor reviews, and shows that it comes as part of a saddle package. If your budget is the <$300 that this saddle costs, BUY USED!! Like someone said, if it's under $400 new then it probably isn't even worth looking at.
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post #16 of 18 Old 12-16-2013, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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I decided that it would be okay to use a saddle that my papa has <3 at this point my heart is set on just having the best life for the horse

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I decided that it would be okay to use a saddle that my papa has <3 at this point my heart is set on just having the best life for the horse
IF it fits.
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post #18 of 18 Old 12-16-2013, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Exactly! Haha, if it doesn't 030 (game face) I'm totally getting an all purpose saddle. He has two though

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