I am in the very very early stages of looking into getting a new saddle. Or more accurately, a new used saddle saying my budget is fairly low. My current dressage saddle doesn't fit me and I have a good reason to believe it doesn't fit Gypsy anymore. So, I was going to sell it, but it isn't worth much because it is a cheap, low quality saddle to begin with.
Anyways I have a few questions about what brands to look for, and what to look for in general. I am looking to get another dressage saddle. Synthetic or leather are both Ok, however I don't like the look of some of the cheaper synthetic saddles (But I don't mind most of the Wintec saddles). What brands are best to look at for used saddles? Essentially I want to know what ones are most likely to hold up longer, and what ones will give me the most 'value' for my money in general. Also, I am short, barely 5' (28" inseam pants are a little long on me) and am 155 lbs so finding a saddle to find me will be interesting. Are there any brands/styles that will work best for somebody with short legs? How much do you think I should budget to find a relatively inexpensive used saddle that is fairly good quality? It doesn't need to be anything fancy, but I don't want it to fall apart either if that makes sense.
Any other advice is appreciated. Essentially I am trying to figure out how much I need to save up to get myself a new saddle. So from that I can estimate how long I have to go without a dressage saddle (I have a western saddle, but I MUCH prefer to ride in an english saddle). I am a broke college student and my parents can't contribute much to a new saddle right now (maybe in a few months), but I also know that I can't keep using my current saddle with they way it fits both me and Gypsy.