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post #21 of 27 Old 08-02-2009, 07:47 PM
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My advice regarding the saddle is wait until he is home so that you can measure his back. A poorly fitting saddle will irreversibly damage your horse. Speak with his current owners about tree size, and what kind of saddle he is accustomed to. You will also need to sit in a few saddles and see what fits your butt best.

As for off brand saddles... you just can't know unless you look at them in person. Mexico made could mean any number of things, but I like to stick with American made saddle. Rider's Choice makes a great, midprice saddle - perfect for a first saddle. They sell through ebay and are in Alabama.

You really, really, really need to know that the saddle you buy fits him. If you are buying used, talk to the person and ask if you can take it on a trial to see how it fits and return it if it doesn't. Whatever you do, DO NOT keep an ill-fitting saddle because it was expensive. You will end up costing yourself more in vet bills that way.
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post #22 of 27 Old 08-02-2009, 07:51 PM
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Personally I ONLY buy stuff that is USA made, because I know then it is good quality! Some places make really good looking leather saddles, and they only last a few months before falling apart because the leather is crap!
I would wait to get a saddle, because you have to know what to get because each horse is different!

BUT,
These are good saddle pads -
Tough-1 Cut Back Pad Other Saddle Pads Western HorseLoverZ.com

Abetta Saddle Pad Other Saddle Pads Western HorseLoverZ.com

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post #23 of 27 Old 08-02-2009, 11:21 PM
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I found this. ksl.com - Ad Listing Is it any good? I spoke with the seller and he said it was used only once or twice.
No offense, but $250 for (almost) new saddle most probably means it's a total crap. Even in this economy. Also the ad sounds like the person sees the saddle 1st time in life. It's pretty easy to measure the size as well as the brand can be found even on cheap starter sets. Personally I'd stay away.



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Personally I ONLY buy stuff that is USA made, because I know then it is good quality!
I just ordered a saddle pad I know the top performers in my area are using. It's made in Canada!



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post #25 of 27 Old 08-03-2009, 01:03 AM
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Horse tack definitely isn't something you want to be 'cheap' about, like LeahKathleen and Kitten_Val said. I'd go new, or talk to his trainers, see what kind of saddle they have been using on him, and go out and find that specific saddle. If you're set on going for a used saddle, just be cautious. Check all the straps, under the flaps and definitely the fleece underneath.
As far as pads go, you simply want to make sure that it's going to fit him and the saddle well. Definitely get a new pad. Something as simple as this will suffice, Equi-Herc Fleece Saddle Pad - Square - Horse.com or you could go for something a little more fancy, made for harder riding such as roping, Reinsman® Roper Delight Saddle Pad - Horse.com, which will be fine for riding trails and pleasure too.

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post #26 of 27 Old 08-03-2009, 05:24 AM
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I hope I don't sound rude. But how much experience do you have with horses? Even though this horse may sound well trained, he is only 3 and a 3 year old can become a huge handful. I suggest you talk to your trainer about ALL the tack.

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I hope I don't sound rude. But how much experience do you have with horses? Even though this horse may sound well trained, he is only 3 and a 3 year old can become a huge handful. I suggest you talk to your trainer about ALL the tack.
I do have to agree.
I don't mean to be rude, but you sound like a beginner, and a 3 year old isn't going to be very broke at all. If you are a beginner, someone has duped you and is trying to get money out of you.
If you are a beginner, I wouldn't look at horses under 6 if I were you. Age is a factor when looking at any horse.

RE: saddles.
Be prepared to spend at LEAST $500 on a GOOD USED saddle. If you're looking NEW - prepare to spend at LEAST $800.
Any saddles under that price point, steer clear from.
If you want a cheap good saddle, consider using Wintec.
Please go to you local tack store to talk to someone IN PERSON about what makes a quality saddle.
I myself work in a tack shop and I can tell you firsthand that I LOVE taking newbies through looking at and purchasing their first set of tack. I give them all the information they might need and then let them decide what they want to do.
I have talked many people through their first horse's tack, and a lot of the time they thank me for my time and leave empty handed the first time. They go home and think, and come back and buy. That's what I really like to see.
Some good saddle makers: Circle Y, Tex Tan, Billy Cook, Experience Leather (if you can get your hands on one of these, DO IT), Champion Turf.

Regarding bits: Since you sound like a newcomer to this sport, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE just get a snaffle bit. It will be kind to your horse's mouth. PLEASE stay away from any sort of curb or shank bit. PLEASE.
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