Originally Posted by kitten_Val
There is no such a thing as "good beginner saddle". It's either good or not. If you are tight on money look into used one but a good brand (MT, Stubben, Collegiate, Pessoa, etc.). Cheap new one will be waste of money, and most likely not a good fit for your horse.
BTW, horse fit is very important, so make sure it fits him!
Agreed- when you hear "beginner saddle" you think cheap. There really isn't anything out there that I would define as cheap of any quality that you can buy new. Definitely look for used saddles- ebay
is a great place to start. Look up the value of the saddle new, look up reviews for that saddle, and make sure it fits the horse! That's what I would recommend for a beginner looking to buy a saddle for a low price. Also, I would never buy a no-brand saddle online. If you do then you will usually get a cruddy, poorly fitting saddle with poor leather and manufacturing.
You can easily find a good saddle (Stubben, Collegiate, Crosby, etc) in the $300 range, or even less, if you look. Keep in mind that plain flap saddles (no knee blocks or padded knee rolls) are out of style right now. If you look at those you'll often times notice that they are going considerably cheaper than those with knee blocks and rolls. If you decide that you want something fancier later then you can invest in a more expensive or newer saddle, but I'd go with something in reasonably good used condition before new cheap.
For example, here is a Collegiate that seems to have little wear, but a bit of cosmetic damage: Collegiate English Saddle 17" | eBay