Originally Posted by Dustbunny
Buy locally and from a store that will take returns if the tack does not fit!!!!!
I wish that everyone had this luxury... it's often easier said than done. There's only one English tack shop remotely near my area, and it's over an hour away. They only have a very limited number of very high end saddles anyway
The only place in the city with consignment saddles is a feed store that is strictly western.
If you're in a similar situation then I would ask around you and see who has saddles that you can borrow to try on the horse as well as yourself (If you don't know what you want). Take note of the brand/model as well as the tree size when you get an idea of how it fits. Find someone around you that is knowledgeable about saddle fit to help you determine what works and what doesn't. Armed with this knowledge you will have a much easier time buying something that will fit. Much less likely to have to resell or return!!