Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hatton Vale, QLD, Australia
you certainly wont be throwing your money away if you find yourself a GOOD stock saddle. IMO thet are more comfy than a western saddle however it comes down to what you are used to. i learnt to ride mustering cattle on a farm and stock saddles were the only saddles we owned. i used to love them but then when i was a teenager i started riding in a dressage or AP saddle and now cant stand anything else. which i will have to change as i have a qh now and i plan on doing western pleasure with him so i will have to learn to handle a western saddle :)
anyways, i digress, just be careful about the saddle you choose if you go for a stockie. many of them are just as heavy as a western saddle and can, like cheap westerns, fit poorly on the horse and cause discomfort. i speak mainly of the cheap indian made ones here as with any saddle. i can almost guarantee that anything made in india will not only be a poor fit but will also be of poor quality as already mentioned.
anything wintec, syd hill or ord river are great saddles but sadly they are quite costly. if you can i would suggest fitting the saddle to your horse before you buy
having said all that, when you find a good one they are great, comfy saddles :)
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