Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Down in Alabama
The type and size of the saddle depends on the type of horse you own and how you want to ride. A local tack shop can help you alot, and sometimes has
good used saddles for sale. Also, the size of the person riding your horses will need to be considered. For example, a thoroughbred is usually a slimmer horse, so you will usually need a narrower tree on an saddle so that it will fit better.
A quarter horse usually is wider across the withers and a medium tree will fit.
I am a petite lady, and I can ride in a 15" or 16" western saddle, a 16 1/2 english saddle. I visited a local tack shop where I could sit on different saddles, and found one that was comfortable and a good fit. A comfortable saddle for you and your horse makes a world of difference. Also, you will need clean, comfortable saddle pads, or blankets to use under the saddle, girth straps, stirrups for english saddles, a couple of riding helmets, gloves, bridles, reins, fly spray, worming medicine, salt block, a good vet and farrier. Join a local horseclub, read magazines, and check out books on how to care for a horse is always good.