The quality of the leather for that saddle is what makes it crap and the quality of the workmanship when it was put together. It is one of those cheapo saddles that was probably made in india or something by someone who does not know a thing about saddles or horses. As long as it fits your horse ok it will be an ok saddle to start out with but be careful with it they are often not made well and do not fit many horses very well. Check he back for any soreness before and after you use it.
xoSonnyLove1234- It is crap becuase the leather is like painted instead of dyed, its a very poor grade leather and is far from supple. The stirrup leathers get rubbed and torn from the saddle itself (that metal thing that the stirrup leathers wrap around under the seat..idk what its called). The bridle fell apart fast and it never softened up. The bit it comes with will randomly lock up and pinch my horses tounge. I honestly doubt if the saddle is real leather or not sometimes.
These 'package' saddles are always total crap. Think about it, what kind of quality are you going to get for $159? The leather is a cheap stiff plasticy painted mess that puts your leg in a terrible position and can hurt your horse's back. I don't think you need to spend thousands on a good saddle but i've NEVER seen a decent package saddle.
I would maybe suggest to have a look around. Your horse's comfort is more important than the price of the tack. I'm sure you will find some good old second hand tack for cheap. I got my saddle and all my numnahs I ever had from other people who have used them for years, and they are still in perfect quality. Don't hesitate with second hand stuff. Especially if it has lasted for a long time before that, because then it has to be good quality.
Please don't take that saddle....I really don't like the looks of that, and if it is from one of those places that have no knowledge of a horse's back, it may hurt your horse or make her very uncomfortable....
Well frankly I didnt know anything about how it was while you were riding.....so no it wasnt the best looking at but I guess riding was worse...and its true you wont get a good saddle for 150$...but you don't need to spend like 1,000$..but my OP..and Upnover no not nessacarly all package saddles are crap I have ridden on tons of "package" saddles and they are perfectly fine.....i personally like Wintec Saddles..thats what mine is its the best saddle..=)
It has never bothered my horses back. She has never been sore after a ride with it. Yes, I know you shouldn't look at a saddle for the price but how it performs. I didn't have a choice with this saddle, my grandma just went out and bought it for me.
I wouldn't consider a Wintec a package saddle, they are synthetic but they have proved themselves to be a quality product since their arrival, most of us are talking about these packages that offer all the stuff you need for a low low price. The fact that the girth was a pony girth and the bridle was huge shows how much thought they put into these bundles. Ride with what you have, no one is saying you shouldn't or can't, but if you borrow a decent saddle once or twice you will know what your missing. Mine is ten years old, balanced, good condition, and fits multiple horses. It still sells used for over 500 but that is a good deal when you realize how long it will last.