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post #1 of 14 Old 01-11-2013, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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What english saddle to buy...

Now that I've got my new horse, I need a new saddle! My current saddle was a cheap old courbette (before courbette was courbette) and my mom has a nice ainsley but its way too big for me! I need to get a saddle, and I'm only 13 so I can't get a job (cry!) so it has to be under 300 dollars (and I don't even know where i'll get the money for that ) Anyway, please link me up with some nice saddles!
I just want it all-purpose english, size 16-16.5..color doesnt matter but i'd like dark brown or black ;)
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I would try a used wintec or thorowgood they are a bit better quality and you can find one used for 100 or so.
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Those saddle packages will last you maybe a year and will not fit you or your horse properly. They are made with urine-tanned water buffalo leather. Look for older used brands, or synthetic saddles.
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If you have a QH, you probably need a wide tree or maybe XW, and those are much harder to find.

The decent used Wintec APs or ccs, the leather-like ones of the 500 series that have adjustable gullets, I have never seen sold for less than $250 and $300 is more the norm. You're a smaller size, but that's not going to help much.

The saddle has to fit the horse. You'll get more help if you post pictures of the horse and also do a wither tracing. That will give people the approximate tree width and tree shape (banana or flat).

?If you plan to show or jump, you should probably look for a close contact saddle.
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Try and HDR close contact. They're very comfortable, more on the cheaper side but they're good quality, and they fit almost anything. I have a 16.5 inch that I've put on 12.1 ponies and 16.2 TBs and it fit them and everything in between very well.
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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.

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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.
That helped a ton; thanks!
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But you need to know what withers and back you are trying to fit. A Stubben will have a curvy tree and even their 32 "wide" is just MW. The Courbette Lemetex tree is extremely curvy as well as narrow, and has a reputation for not fitting anything except perhaps Thoroughbreds. The Courbette e-motion standard tree is not much different. Their e-motion XW might work for a QH or similar build.

If you need a wide or XW tree, they are more limited in quantity and they sell for higher prices.

If you get a Wintec, used, just be sure that the CAIR panels are not deflating or asymmetrical, b/c they degrade and go flat. Also, that little divider thing between the two CAIR "pods" on each side has been known to bother some horses' backs.
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Does this one look good? wintec
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