Buying first saddle
Hello all, first post here.
I did a quick search and found a lot of enlightening stuff, but didn't find the right thread, so here's a new one.
I'm looking for a saddle for our new mare quarter horse. I don't need anything showy or fancy, just practical and comfortable. If possible, I want something both my wife and I can ride comfortably, but I don't know how likely that is since I have about 60 pounds and 8" on her.
Is it possible to find a decent new western saddle for under $500?
I'm aware that I'll have to take measurements of the mare and stuff, but for now, need some direction on brand names and/or retailers. We are first-time horse owners, so we don't know much at all. Also, where we live there aren't a whole lot of horses (or people, for that matter), so finding the right size/shape used saddle could prove difficult.
Please advise, and thanks for your time!