I would like to know why it seems that when you look at a line of saddles by pretty much any saddler the dressage saddles are always more expensive then the close contact saddles and they are a bit more then the all purpose ones. I don't think it is a materials cost increase because the close contacts usually have less material used then the all purpose saddles. Any tack dealers or saddle reps out there that would like to help me out here? Also anyone with any ideas of why this is so please put in your two cents.
I am now looking at buying a dressage saddle and will probably go to the used market so that I can get a higher quality saddle for the money that I want to spend. I have looked at the new saddles available in my price range (under or around 1,000) and while I have heard good things about them I would just like to get something that I am really going to be happy with. I know why the dressage saddles are holding there value more in the used market because of the current high popularity of the sport.