Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
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The best saddle for you is the one that fits your horse, that will be a good enough quality to not hurt your horse, be safe, and put you in the correct position.
You want a well-made saddle for under $300. That means you'll be getting a used saddle. That's not a bad thing. You'll just need to make sure that it has a straight tree, not a broken tree, solid billets, and that the flocking hasn't gone all hard and lumpy. Those are things you can easily ask about when buying online or in person. When buying online, ask for pics directly from the front and rear to check for tree straightness, and ask for billet pics on both the near and offside.
Also, If buying online, be sure to verify that the seat size is as measured from te nailhead at the side of the pommel to the center of the cantle. A lot of sellers measure wrong.
For under $300, you can easily get a used Thorowgood., and they're good for wider, flatter backs. Other good brands you can find are: Wintec, Crosby, collegiate, Nice, HDR, Courbette, Stubben (occasionally), Passier (Occasionally), Kieffer. Look for European, Australian, and North American brands. If you find a new saddle under $300, you should probably run away and not look back.
Last edited by freia; 01-12-2013 at 08:53 PM.