This spring/summer, I will be purchasing my first saddle. (Yay! ) The reason I will be buying one now is because I will need one when I go to college. Also, my family isn't the richest, and with the cost of college these days, I'm trying to stagger my purchases so the "College price tag" won't be as big. Plus, I'm going to own a horse someday .
Anyway, I will be buying a used western saddle. I am really interested in ranch rodeos (specifically team penning) and I want to start reining. I also do a lot of trail riding. As for college requirements, I will be starting a colt. So, here comes my questions.
- As for buying used, I know you have to be a bit more thurough in checking the saddle quality. What are some tests for checking for broken/damaged trees? Is there anything else I need to look for?
- I think for my needs, a reining saddle would be the best fit for me. Obviously, they will work for the reining. They have the curved skirtsto allow more leg contact which would be good for starting horses (I've noticed training saddles have similar designs.) And I guess they would work pretty well for sorting. Would a reining saddle be a good choice? Is there another type of saddle that would work well?
- Do you know how much used saddles cost? I know it greatly varies, but for what I'm looking for, is there an approximate value for a decent looking saddle that would meet my requirements?
- What are some good brands to look for for a reining saddle? What about other suggested types of saddles?