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post #1 of 4 Old 03-14-2009, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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Saddle Help Please

I have been riding 4-5 days a week for the past few weeks on lesson horses. I use the barn's saddle, a 17.5in HRD Advantage. I don't like it. It is uncomfortable and a bit too small for me. My trainer suggested making an investment and buying my own saddle. I will get a wide tree, and hope to be able to use it on a few different horses I ride there, all who use that same saddle..the HDR.

I have around $800-$900 for the saddle, girth, leathers and stirrups. I don't want synthetic. Should I save a bit more, or can I buy something decent used? What brands should I look at? I like the Pessoa's and Stubbens, but I can't afford them new. Is there a mid-priced saddle that I can get new for that price? I'm going to hit up the numerous tack shops near me, but I still wanted to see what everyone here thought. Thanks for the help.
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I would recomend a M. Toulouse saddle. They are very good quality and on the lower end of the price range for new saddles. Also, be sure to check out used saddles as you could find some great deals.

Here's an example of what I would get in your budget...

Marcel Toulouse Lined Stirrup Leathers - Dover Saddlery

Fillis Style Stirrups - Dover Saddlery

Girth (I chose a fleece one because they're cheaper)
Equalizer Comfort Girth - Dover Saddlery

I know this is probably a little more than your budget allows, but you could probably look around and find some better deals. Anyways, I hope this helped you out.
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What is the difference between a CC and an AP saddle?
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post #4 of 4 Old 03-14-2009, 10:57 AM
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When it comes to saddles and saddle fit, I recommend anything with CAIR over any other horse (there's a thread in this forum about CAIR specifically for more information). In short, using a traditionally flocked wool saddle on multiple horses will cause the saddle to partially conform to the horse's back - but not perfectly. The way a wool flocked (or even foam) saddle works is that you are supposed to ride with no saddle pad the first 10 or so rides to allow the sweat to be absorbed to help the wool form to the horse's back. Problem is if you ride multiple horses, which back will it form to?

This can cause pressure points and back pain and impede performance in the horses you ride. For this reason, within your budget, I'd recommend looking for a used Bates. It's a good quality leather with the changeable gullets (so it will fit multiple horses) coupled with the CAIR panels that will never form to just one horse, but will work for whatever horse you ride since the air will simply move to adjust to the horse's back.

I'd stay away from a traditional wool and fixed-gullet saddle if you plan on riding multiple horses.

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