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post #1 of 7 Old 03-31-2020, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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I found this saddle listed online for $40. I've never ridden English but would like to mess around with jumping a bit. What size saddle is these (for the horse and person) would it work for some light jumping? Does it look in good condition? How much would it cost to buy used cinch and stirrups?
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-31-2020, 05:28 PM
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Impossible to know the size from a photo. It looks like a pretty low quality saddle, judging from the leather. would you throw a $40 Western saddle on your horse?
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-01-2020, 10:09 AM
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You would need to measure it to determine seat size and gullet width. It looks like it is quite narrow - I saw a picture of your horse (if you intend to use it on the horse you posted), and I think this saddle would be far too narrow for him.

Usually you get what you pay for (although sometimes there are some good deals to be had). With older saddles like this you want to make sure the tree has not been compromised and the saddle is balanced. Many of these older/cheaper english saddles will cause pressure points on your horses back - so any saddle you buy you must ensure it fits correctly.
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-01-2020, 10:58 AM
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Based on the look of the saddle and some of the design features this saddle is old, as in really old.
The padding under the seat is squashed and no support or protection for any horses back let alone help to seat balance the rider when astride.
The pommel area of the saddle appears to be spread wider than would be normally seen in a saddle from this era I think.
"Warmbloods", aka draft horse x with something else were not done years ago.
Many rode Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses bones horses and a saddle this, not as usual.
What a really wide pommel, spread tree can mean is a cracked tree head = bad, very bad to your horse.
Please make very sure you check that saddle for tree integrity for your horses back and your safety astride.
As for size... this is a old style A/P {all-purpose} saddle by its appearance.
I would guess at 16.5 - 17" seat at most...
This is how you measure the seat size on a English saddle of any specialty discipline...

From button in front to center top of the cantle, that is a slight angle.
This is a easily understood tutorial from Dover Saddlery that might help you determine what size saddle you need and maybe a style to enjoy and start riding in...
To measure a English is slightly different than a western as you see.
The saddle you shared with us...I would be very hesitant to put on my horse with how it appears, sorry.

The worst day is instantly better when shared with my horse.....
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post #5 of 7 Old 04-01-2020, 11:05 AM
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I would pass unless you can check it in person.

The wrinkles in the seat *may* indicate a broken tree.

The others gave his things to consider, too
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-03-2020, 10:15 AM
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I would also say this saddle will not put you in a good position. It looks impossible to ride in for anyone with experience, let alone someone coming from a western background.

Hard pass.

Also I can't not say - Jumping is not something to 'mess around' with. It's dangerous to you and your horse when done incorrectly. I highly recommend getting an instructor if you're serious about learning how to hop over even little things.
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-11-2020, 01:03 PM
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I would like to say, I would recommend getting the size of both the saddle and the gullet. The saddle looks uncomfortable and seems as it would put you in a weird position. I would pass on it to be honest.
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Also I can't not say - Jumping is not something to 'mess around' with. It's dangerous to you and your horse when done incorrectly. I highly recommend getting an instructor if you're serious about learning how to hop over even little things.
Agreed. Jumping is hard and can be deadly if done incorrectly. I recommend that you get an instructor if you are serious about jumping.
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