My niece bought me a saddle this summer - she was trying to be nice, but really doesn't know one saddle from another. I ride western, but the saddle she bought me was a dressage saddle! She didn't get hurt any - she only paid $10 for it, and it's in fairly good shape it came with a nice pad and girth, too. The tackaholic in me said to get with daughter's horse trainer and see where I can get leathers for it, just in case I was able to work up the nerve to try riding in an English saddle. (That's a laugh - it took me two years after buying Dancer to get up the nerve to ride her!)
I was able to resist the temptation, though. Daughter's horse trainer (who didn't know about the saddle) said she needed a dressage saddle for her daughter - who had progressed in her riding to the point where she was ready for dressage lessons (mother and daughter lessons?). Saddle just happened to be in the trunk, so I popped the trunk open and asked if that saddle would work for her daughter.
It was a nearly perfect fit! It's a tad big, but since daughter is only 12, it should work for quite a while. It also turned out to not be the cheap Ebay
saddle I though it was. The leather was good quality, even I could tell that, but I know very little about saddles, and absolutely nothing about English saddles. The saddle was some sort of German brand...Stueben??? Something like that anyway. Horse trainer already had leathers that matched it perfectly. Her daughter was extatic, and they both were in tears when we left.
Niece was pretty ticked that I gave away the saddle she bought for me...but if that saddle fit a twelve year old girl, there is NO WAY it was going to fit my fat backside!!!