A starter saddle as in one to start horses in? Or a first buy? I guess it doesn't really matter, make sure to buy to fit yourself and your horse, if you're gonna be riding on multiple horses, I suggest a saddle (like the bates you posted) with an interchangeable gullet system. The cheaper synthetic version of the Bates saddle, made by the same company, is the Wintec. They're super easy to clean and hold up pretty well. They retail around 600$.
Most of the Wintec saddles are black, but they do make brown, and in some shows black tack in the hunter ring is somewhat frowned upon, but I wouldn't expect any trouble finding a store that sells the brown model as well.
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