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post #1 of 7 Old 03-08-2009, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Question Saddle problem!

My neighbor has a horse that rides english and western, but my neighbor only rides western and I only ride english. So she suggested that I buy and english saddle.

I was searching ebay and came across a saddle, bridle, girth, stirups, and bit all for $100. I was wondering if it was too good to be true or just a good buy.

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English saddles can be a bit more difficult to fit on a horse so before buying, I'd suggest trying a few different brands to see what size fits you and the horse first.

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I don't ride English, but I know that "packages" like that on ebay (e.i. "Everything You Need For $100!!") are usually of exceptionally poor quality - at least in the Western world.

I'd be careful. Cheap trees on saddle break, leather tears, rigging snaps, and it ends up being dangerous.

I'd look in the used department when it comes to trail riding a neighbors horse. But that's just my opinion.

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I agree with what was said above - the all for $100 deals are usually no name brands that don't last long quality wise, and also are not as well made to fit the horse OR the rider. While most people think a saddle is just a saddle, there's a lot more to it than that. Depending on what kind of riding you do, a saddle makes a huge difference, English or Western, and any rider can tell you as much if they've ever ridden in a saddle that wasn't right for both them and the task at hand.

Add in the need to also fit the saddle to the horse, and you're best bet is talking to someone who is well versed in saddle fitting, and is able to fit both you and your horse for a reasonable fee. I do saddle fitting and there are a lot of people out there imo that are just looking for a sale. If you can find someone that isn't associated with or paid by a specific company that always can be a plus.

Make sure that both the gullet and the cut of the saddle fit your horse, and teh seat and cut and flaps of the saddle fit you so that you and the horse are riding in balance and moving together. An ill fitting saddle can cause both horse and rider quite a bit of back pain!

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I agree with what was said above - the all for $100 deals are usually no name brands that don't last long quality wise, and also are not as well made to fit the horse OR the rider. While most people think a saddle is just a saddle, there's a lot more to it than that. Depending on what kind of riding you do, a saddle makes a huge difference, English or Western, and any rider can tell you as much if they've ever ridden in a saddle that wasn't right for both them and the task at hand.

Add in the need to also fit the saddle to the horse, and you're best bet is talking to someone who is well versed in saddle fitting, and is able to fit both you and your horse for a reasonable fee. I do saddle fitting and there are a lot of people out there imo that are just looking for a sale. If you can find someone that isn't associated with or paid by a specific company that always can be a plus.

Make sure that both the gullet and the cut of the saddle fit your horse, and teh seat and cut and flaps of the saddle fit you so that you and the horse are riding in balance and moving together. An ill fitting saddle can cause both horse and rider quite a bit of back pain!

I agree. I have a friend that is a little shorter and a little smaller around than I am, but we both ride the same size seat (both western). One day while out on the trail we switched horses just for the heck of it. Her saddle was very painful to me though because the back of the seat was higher than the front by a considerable amount, which tilted me forward a lot. I've never hurt so much after a trail ride as I did after that one...although I must say it was worth it to ride that particular horse!

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I would try to find a Wintec 500 AP or Wintec 2000 AP with the changeable gullets. They are lower maintenance and you can fit them to most horses by swapping out the gullet plates at the front of the saddle. You can find the 500 AP's on eBay around $250-400.
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Thanks for the advice everyone! I'm going to ask the owner of the tack shop were I ride to help me. I know someone with a used saddle for sale and I'll probably try that too.

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