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    02-28-2012, 11:53 PM
  #41
Yearling
Good luck with your search! And remember deals are out there!
     
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    02-29-2012, 12:21 AM
  #42
Foal
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Originally Posted by SullysRider    
Good luck with your search! And remember deals are out there!
Thanks, I agree, im just waiting to strike gold lol.
     
    03-07-2012, 02:25 PM
  #43
Foal
Starter Saddle

I'm a saddlefitter, and I agree that both of your saddle options aren't very good choices, both from your horse's perspective and your comfort. I think you would be better off if you wait a bit and find something that costs a bit more but would be more suitable. You can find nice used older style Crosby or Stubben saddles quite inexpensively on eBay or other used equipment websites, and it would be a better option for you. Or if you wanted to try synthetic, used Wintecs are quite inexpensive as well and work well for many horses, and are available in several styles. I have seen a couple of Rivella saddles recently for about $300 in excellent condition, and they are also nice.
     
    03-07-2012, 02:37 PM
  #44
Yearling
Just for info - the Thorowgood saddles with adjustable gullet are suffixed '3D'. The previous T4 and T6 models (without the suffix), with various tree shapes, were downsizable by 1/2 and 1 tree width using a system Thorowgood called 'Fish', basically plastic inserts which slid into pockets beneath the tree points. These enabled you to buy a Wide tree and convert it to a Medium Wide or a Medium. Prior to this the saddles were fixed-width.

So you're likely to find a mix of the three types, depending on age, when looking at used saddles.

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    03-09-2012, 11:55 AM
  #45
Foal
As a few people have said, you can get an old, decently cared for saddle for virtually nothing these days. I have one that came with a retired eventer, it's 40 years old and still the most comfortable thing I've sat on that doesn't have a 1000$ price tag attached.
I'm not sure what's available in america but I found about 10 of these old saddles in a 2nd hand online tack shop in the UK, they were around 50. You may find it cheaper to just get something like that shipped because even new synthetic english saddles aren't worth bothering with.
     

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