So, I'm new here, and not so sure of how things work.. But I decided to post this anyways
First off, I'm hoping to get a new saddle this spring, and upgrade from my old A/P english saddle. I dont have a whooole lot of money to spend, and I've pretty much narrowed my search down to 2 saddles. But I'm a little bad with making decisions, so I'd looovve to get some advice... Or reviews?
The first saddle being the Val Du Bois, from greenhawk. It's $549, and I know for sure it fits my horse, his old owner rode him in one. I, however have not. My friend says she likes hers, but I'm NOT totally sure how it will fit me.. Or the quality of it. Heres a link- Val du Bois Elange Saddle | RIE5151 | Greenhawk
The second saddle is a collegiate. I think it's the Laurate? Another friend of mine owns a saddle like this. I don't know the retail price of it, but they're on ebay for around $500-$600. $600 is kinda leaning toward end of my budget, tho. Her horse is a similar bulid to mine, and it fits him well. At the same time, the saddle's never been on my horse. The saddle in person looks A LOT nicer to me then the Val Du Bois, though I find the seat really hard, espectially when sitting to the trot-ouch. But I do think this it puts me in a decent poisition, I'm not sure about over fences though. Collegiate Laureate Close Contact Saddle 16.5" WIDE | eBay
What are your guys' thoughts? I'm more-less thinking the Val du Bois is the way to go , but I'd like to know if anyone has more experience with the saddles first?