Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canberra Australia
Well, either way good quality is always better to ride in, and from the horse’s perspective be ridden in, and will last a lifetime. What I did when I was first trying to get a good saddle was just to wait. I had an old hunk of crap Sid Hill Barcoo Poley, it was terrible, I stopped riding in it when I was 17 or 18 when I got a job as a ringer (Australian version of a cowboy) and used one of the station saddles (which was also a Sid Hill Barcoo Poley, but a bit better than mine). In the mean time I saved every cent I could to pay for a custom made saddle; a real custom mad one, built to my specifications. I now have two of them, both are now around 18 years old and aside from looking worn in, they are in as good a condition as the day I got them. If you can, it’s better to make do and save and buy the best saddle you can, it makes a difference over a lifetime.